Balcones receives Phoenix recycling contract

The company will process the city’s materials from two facilities in Phoenix.

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The city of Phoenix has awarded Austin, Texas-based Balcones Resources with a materials processing contract. With the new contract, Balcones will operate two facilities in Phoenix—the North Gateway facility and the 27th Avenue facility, marking the company’s sixth and seventh facilities.

Balcones also operates facilities in Austin; Taylor, Texas; Dallas; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Sarasota, Florida. The company has an eighth facility that is expected to open in 2024 in San Antonio.

According to Balcones, Phoenix’s city council approved an ordinance Oct. 12 to reward a five-year contract to Balcones, with the contracted period starting in mid-2023. Balcones tells Recycling Today that the contract also includes up to five 1-year contract extensions.

“The city of Phoenix has always been a leader in sustainability, and they have high expectations for their recycling program,” says Adam Vehik, CEO of Balcones Resources. “Recycling is our life’s work, so we are very excited to partner with the city to help them achieve their goals.”

According to Balcones, the Phoenix facilities will process a combined total of at least 130,000 tons of material each year. Balcones says the contract prioritizes creating local loops and keeping recycled materials within the local economy whenever possible. Balcones says it also has identified multiple local end markets as potential outlets for Phoenix’s recyclable materials.

According to Balcones, the company’s mission focuses on industry stewardship, operational expertise and a commitment to maintaining material recovery facilities (MRFs) at optimum productivity and efficiency.

“We are thrilled to form a new partnership with the city of Phoenix, a city that shares Balcones’ commitment to circularity and innovation,” says Natalie Betts, director of partnerships and municipal relations at Balcones Resources. “We bid on this opportunity because our company goals were aligned with the city’s goals for this contract and for their recycling program, which is critical to a successful relationship between a MRF operator and a community.”

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