The Prince George’s County, Maryland, Department of the Environment (DoE) has held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its material recovery facility (MRF) in Largo, Maryland, to display new equipment the DoE says will help process recyclables “more cleanly and efficiently.”
Among the equipment installed in Largo are three new Tomra optical sorting units, an additional elliptical separator, a new permanent magnet, an eddy current separator and a master control panel (MCC). The equipment for the project was supplied by Van Dyk Recycling Solutions, Norwalk, Connecticut. Also included is a new plastics sorting line with four 75-cubic-yard storage bunkers for polyethylene terephthalate (PET), high-density polyethylene (HDPE) natural, HDPE multicolored and polypropylene (PP) plastic scrap.
Prince George’s County says it was a six-month overhaul at the MRF. Ribbon-cutting event attendees included county officials, representatives from the Maryland Environmental Service (MES) agency, operators of the facility and other county officials.
“The reason the county promotes recycling is that it reduces pollution, reduces greenhouse gases, and reduces the amount of waste that ends up in our landfills,” says Floyd Holt, Prince George's County deputy chief administrative officer for government infrastructure, technology and environmental services.
“The upgraded system will allow recyclable materials to be processed more efficiently,” DoE Director Andrea L. Crooms says. “These updates will save the county time and money, as well as reinforce our mission to recycle as many uncontaminated materials in our waste stream as possible.”
The county lists separating plastics “into more valuable products” as a reason for the investment. The last updates to the sorting equipment at the MRF were made in 2007, when the county transitioned to a single-stream system to collect recyclable materials.
The MRF opened its doors in October 1993 as a 65,000-square foot facility. The facility processed more than 70,000 tons of recyclables in 2020.
Prince George’s County residents can recycle plastics with resin identification numbers 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7 in their collection bins, along with glass jars and bottles, several types of metal and paper and other items listed on this web page.
*This article was updated Sept. 30, 2021, to add that VDRS supplied the equipment for the project.