Operating Costs

The operating costs per pound of material processed can range due to local input factors. The process requires operator labor, electricity, chemical, steam, water, amortized maintenance, and disposal fees. For up front investigation and planning purposes, we recommend that clients use $0.10 to $0.20 per pound as an operating cost estimate.
Depending upon the nature of the material being processed, this amount compares favorably with incineration and special landfill operating disposal. These alternative costs can range anywhere from $0.25 to greater than $1.00 per pound. At a client's request, our engineers are happy to help construct very exacting operating cost estimates based on the size of machine to be employed and local utility factors.