Mark Leary, acting director of the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), speaks at the grand opening. Seated at the left is Kevin McCarthy, executive director of RethinkWaste.More than 150 attendees, including RethinkWaste’s board of directors and staff, local and state officials and community leaders, gathered at the Shoreway Environmental Center in San Carlos, Calif., Sep. 27, 2011, to celebrate the grand opening of that facility. The opening marked the transformation of the outdated Shoreway Recycling and Disposal Center into what RethinkWaste is calling California’s greenest recycling center and transfer station in the country.
- A 70,200-square-foot single-stream material recovery facility (MRF) with equipment from Bulk Handling Systems, Eugene, Ore., replaces a former 48,000-square-foot building. The new MRF became fully operational in May 2011 and is designed to handle more than 80,000 tons per year in a single shift.
- A 14,780-square-foot expansion of the existing 62,000-square-foot transfer station building has been included to increase unloading spaces for customers and to allow for a 30,000 ton-per-year increase in organic materials collected from local residents and businesses.
- The MRF building houses an Environmental Education Center, featuring exhibits promoting resource conservation and RethinkWaste programs. It will be open for tours from schools, community groups and the general public starting later this fall.
- Residents can drop off recyclables at a new Public Recycling Center. A buy-back center also has been added for redeeming rebates on bottles and cans.
- A new scale house and related traffic enhancements have been made at the site.
- Green building features, such as the use of photovoltaic panels to generate renewable energy to power site operations, rainwater capture and re-use, translucent panels to maximize day lighting, use of native and low-water plants, have been incorporated into the building housing the MRF.