Bakersfield, California based Metropolitan Recycling (MRC), a joint venture formed by five privately held local recycling companies, has opened a new state-of-the-art 50,000 square foot (4645 square metre) Material Recycling Facility (MRF).
The facility is expected to process around 30,000 tons (27,200 tonnes) of material each year and has been fitted with equipment designed, manufactured and installed by Eugene, Oregon based Bulk Handling Systems (BHS).
Located at the Mt. Vernon Recycling Complex in Bakersfield the MRF will operate a single shift and is expected to create numerous full time jobs .
It will process commercial and residential single stream recyclables, helping Bakersfield execute its curbside recycling rollout and achieve its goal of diverting 75% of its waste from landfill by 2020.
“The MRF will sort, bale and ship all of the residential and commercial single stream material from Bakersfield and much of Kern County for many years to come,” explained Jacob Panero of Metropolitan Recycling and Varner Bros, Inc.
Eric Winkler, BHS sales manager added: “This system was designed to perform at a high level, allowing MRC to recover more than 95% of available recyclables.”
“It was also designed with the flexibility to process more recyclables to keep up with future growth in regional demand,” he continued.
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