Phoenix, Arizona based waste and recycling firm Republic Services (NYSE: RSG) has officially opened one of the largest Material Recycling Facility (MRF) in the US in the City of North Las Vegas, with a capacity to handle some 70 tons (63 tonnes) of mixed recyclables per hour.
The company said that its new Southern Nevada Recycling Center features several advanced recycling technologies, including five optical sorters which use 2D and 3D technologies to make material separation decisions in milliseconds. The Center's recycling systems are also said to provide operators with a highly automated, touch screen control system, as well as tablet-based capabilities that allow for real time systems management and monitoring, data acquisition and remote access.
The 110,000 square foot (10,200 square metre) facility was designed and built by Griffith, Indian based Cambridge Companies and the equipment was manufactured and installed by the CP Group.
"A recycling center of this magnitude is a bold undertaking, and reflects our community's commitment to environmental responsibility,” commented Tim Oudman, area president of Republic Services. “Southern Nevada is home to considerable natural beauty and we are truly proud to invest in its preservation."
According to Republic sustainability was a priority throughout the design and construction of the Southern Nevada Recycling Center. More than 75% of the 110,000 square foot building was made from recycled or remanufactured steel. There are also 1776 solar energy panels on the roof that are expected to generate enough renewable energy to fulfil 15% of the building's power requirements.
Inside the building, automatic low-flow water fixtures will reduce consumption by more than 20%. Within the Learning Center, where school children and the public can learn about the recycling process, the company said that sustainability was incorporated into every facet of the displays and design. Outside the building, the natural landscape was preserved and repurposed for flood channel mitigation.
The Learning Center features sustainability oriented educational displays and community videos, as well as a live video stream of recycling operations. It also offers visitors a 360 degree view of the recycling process in an observation deck that sits above live operations. The Learning Center is intended to be a special resource for the community and customers, as well as an educational destination for sustainability minded Las Vegas tourists.
“The Southern Nevada Recycling Center has been a dream to work on and we are happy to have been able to partner with Republic Services, The CP Group, and all the local subcontractors that made this facility come to life,” said Jeff Eriks, chief business development officer for Cambridge.
Republic built the Southern Nevada Recycling Center next to an existing 88,000 square-foot (8200 square metre) recycling facility.
"We take tremendous pride in the facility and in the contributions it will make to both the economy and the environment. And we commend Republic Services for creating a Learning Center that will inspire many new recyclers, both young and old," commented John J. Lee, mayor of North Las Vegas.
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