Waste Management of Utah has reported designs to grow and improve its Salt Lake City recycling activities with the development of “new, larger and technically advanced” materials recovery facility (MRF). Building is relied upon to start in the spring and the new MRF is slated to be completely operational by mid 2020.
“Waste Management remains committed to supporting sustainability, and recycling is an important component,” says Scott Bradley, vice president for Waste Management’s Four Corners area. “To ensure our local recovery operations can keep pace with the volume of recyclable materials being generated by the growing communities in and around Salt Lake City, Waste Management identified a very real need to improve our local recycling operations.”
The new MRF will bolster recycling programs all through the Salt Lake Valley, including preparing the recycling for the district of Salt Lake City’s around 41,000 residential clients.
“Having this facility located in Salt Lake City, for the benefit of our residents and businesses, truly reflects our culture and commitment to recycling as a city,” Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski says. “Waste Management’s commitment to upgrade its MRF helped secure our long-term public-private partnership. This project will offer economic development; shorter travel times for our recycling trucks resulting in lower emissions; and a more efficient and cost-effective recycling operation that is responsive both to our sustainability goals and to our future population growth.”
Waste Management of Utah intends to contribute $16 million to bring the new MRF on the web. The facility will involve 50,000-square-feet of a current structure at the organization’s exchange station. When operational, the MRF will be equipped for processing and sorting 35 tons of material for each hour, which is in excess of 700 tons of recycled materials every day.
“State-of-the-art equipment with advanced sorting technologies will be installed at the new MRF,” explains Mark Snedecor, area director of recycling operations for Waste Management. “Our goal is to improve production efficiencies and reduce contamination levels in the materials we produce. By modernizing our operations, we expect to meet and exceed the increased quality standards being imposed by domestic and international buyers of the metals, plastics, cardboard and paper produce.”
Machinery with improved automation abilities, advanced sorting optics and ballistic 2-D and 3-D movement separators are on the list of equipment to be installed. What’s more, screens intended to decrease the safety concerns and creation defers brought about by nonrecyclable plastic bags getting wrapped around rotating sorting equipment will be used.
Waste Management services Salt Lake City’s hearty recycling program, handling around 750 tons of recyclables every month. The district occupies in excess of 40 percent of its residential waste stream to recycling and fertilizer. The modernized MRF will bolster this exertion by creating a cleaner end product with higher esteem, which will at last lead to more noteworthy redirection from the landfill.
“We’re interested in everything we can do to support more recycling and higher diversion rates,” says Lance Allen, director of Salt Lake City’s waste and recycling division. “We look forward to working with Waste Management to improve recycling operations, raise the performance benchmarks for our community and continue to educate the public on proper recycling practices.”
The new MRF will remain a solitary stream task that acknowledges and sorts clean metal cans, plastic bottles and containers, cardboard, paper and newspaper. Waste Management’s present MRF, West Jordan, Utah, will keep on working until the new facility opens.