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Recycling (Waste etc.) -- Oregon -- Portland, Waste minimization, Refuse and refuse disposal -- Oregon -- Management, Waste disposal sites -- Oregon


Rogue Transfer and Recycling, LLC (“RTR”) is a solid waste and recycling facility that collects and transfers solid waste and recycling materials from the Southern Oregon region. Currently RTR’s revenue and expenses are reviewed by Jackson County, Oregon in periodic rate reviews, with rates being adjusted in interim years by applying the annual percentage change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). RTR requested that Northwest Economic Research Center (NERC) conduct detailed research and develop a new indicator – based on independent, reliable, and timely data – that more closely tracks RTR’s changes in total expenses per ton than the CPI.

In response, NERC studied RTR’s expenses carefully and developed the Transfer Station Index (TSI), which takes into account the expense structure of RTR. Based on official data made publicly available by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the TSI is transparent and easy to calculate. TSI performs modestly better than CPI growth over the past few years, and theoretically will perform better on a year-to-year basis going forward.


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