Phoenix-headquartered Republic Services has announced that it has upgraded its material recovery facility (MRF) in Sonoma County, California, in an effort to help the county achieve its sustainability goals for years to come. The Sonoma County Recycling Center is capable of processing more than 200 tons of recyclables per day and is expected to increase recycling capacity in the region, Republic says.
“The new enhanced recycling center offers significant environmental benefits to the community and the customers we are fortunate to serve,” says Mike Caprio, area president of Republic Services. “We now have the ability to increase recycling efforts while diverting valuable materials from the landfill. The facility has the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which offers a substantial contribution to the community’s climate protection goals.”
The existing 32,000-square-foot plant was expanded by an additional 6,000-square-feet constructed by ET Environmental, headquartered in Atlanta, bringing the new combined square footage to 38,000. The processing system was designed and installed by the CP Group, San Diego.
The facility offers a variety of features to provide flexible processing capabilities, Republic says. The equipment includes two material processing options: The first is an in-feed conveyor for collected commercial materials, such as cardboard, mixed paper, containers, film and plastics. The second is a hopper-fed construction and demolition (also known as C&D) conveyance system with multiple sorting stations.
The system includes a baler for packaging recyclables, such as cardboard and mixed paper. The facility also has a separate bale storage building to protect finished products from rain prior to shipment to market.
The enhancements were part of a three-year Solid Waste Advisory Group (SWAG) collaborative process between multiple municipalities, Sonoma County and a diverse group of public stakeholders. They identified three underserved waste streams—self-haul, commercial dry waste and C&D waste materials—that could be addressed with a robust recycling center and program.
Republic Services of Sonoma County employs 26 employees and serves more than 265 commercial customers and thousands of residents. Republic also operates the Central Landfill and five transfer stations in Sonoma County.
Overall, Republic collects and processes approximately 5 million tons of recyclables per year at 64 recycling centers nationwide.