Republic Services, headquartered in Phoenix, has dedicated its newest material recovery facility (MRF) in Catawba County, North Carolina. The new facility will introduce or expand single-stream recycling capabilities throughout Alamance, Catawba, Guildford, Montgomery, Richmond and Stanly counties. The expanded MRF, which Republic describes as highly advanced, has the capacity to process more than 400 tons of recyclables per day. Bulk Handling Systems (BHS), Eugene, Oregon, designed, manufactured and installed the MRF.
"This is an historic day for a community we are fortunate to serve," says Drew Isenhour, area president of Republic Services. "This area is home to considerable natural beauty, and we are proud to deliver with Catawba County a cutting-edge recycling facility that will help to preserve the local environment for future generations. The reality is that we can all do more to reuse and recycle in our daily lives, and this facility will empower North Carolinians to do so for decades to come."
The new MRF will process plastics Nos. 1 through 7, paper products, cardboard, glass, aluminum and other materials. The facility uses several advanced technologies, including a touch-screen human-machine-interface control, supervisory control and data acquisition monitoring and innovative sorting technologies that maximize sorting efficiencies, according to Republic.
The MRF employs roughly 43 people full time and features a learning center where visitors can experience an up-close view of the recycling process and learn more about recycling and sustainability issues.