MWRA charges retailers and other bulk customers (such as landscaping companies and golf course owners) between $4.10 and $4.70 per 40-pound bag, delivered. The usual price per bag at the store ranges from $6.99 to $8.99.
It costs approximately $300 to produce a ton of fertilizer.
Recycling sludge into fertilizer is more cost-effective than disposing of it in a landfill. It is also better for the environment.
We pay a contractor, New England Fertilizer Company (NEFCo), to process and distribute almost all of the product.
Metals are disposed of and/or treated in accordance with strict state and federal standards.
Approximately 35 people are employed in the manufacture of Bay State Fertilizer. Most of the men and women who manufacture and distribute Bay State Fertilizer are employed by an MWRA contractor, New England Fertilizer Company (NEFCo) (outside link). Several MWRA staff are also involved in the program.
December 2, 2008