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Municipal Recovery Facility (MRF)

A Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) is a specialized plant that receives, separates, prepares, and/or processes recyclable materials for marketing to end-user manufacturers.

Generally, there are two different types: clean and dirty materials recovery facilities.

MRL have a daily processing limit that can vary between fifty (50) tons and a thousand (1,000) tons per day. The largest facility currently in use is situated in New York, USA with a current capacity of five hundred (500) tons per day.

MRL have a high degree of technology incorporated including laser optical sorters, disc grading, air separation, magnetic eddy current sorters, compactors and balers.

While initial build costs may seem high, the value of recyclate quickly outweighs the cost of planning and build. For further information and to detail your specific requirements please get in touch [email protected]

Material Recovery Facility (MRF)

A clean MRF accepts recyclable materials that have already been separated at the source from municipal solid waste generated by either residential or commercial sources.

The most common are single stream where all recyclable material is mixed, or dual-stream MRFs, where source-separated recyclables are delivered in a mixed container stream (typically glass, ferrous metal, aluminum and other non-ferrous metals, PET [No.1] and HDPE [No.2] plastics) and a mixed paper stream including corrugated cardboard boxes, newspapers, magazines, office paper and junk mail.

Material is sorted to specifications, then baled, shredded, crushed, compacted, or otherwise prepared for shipment to market.

A mixed-waste processing system, sometimes referred to as a dirty MRF, accepts a mixed solid waste stream and then proceeds to separate out designated recyclable materials through a combination of manual and mechanical sorting.

The sorted recyclable materials may undergo further processing required to meet technical specifications established by end-markets while the balance of the mixed waste stream is sent to a disposal facility such as a landfill.

Today, MWPFs are attracting renewed interest as a way to address low participation rates for source-separated recycling collection systems and prepare fuel products and/or feedstocks for conversion technologies.

Further information? contact [email protected].

MRF Gallery

Images that follow give the general feel of an MRL, these facilities provide a significant reduction in waste traveling onward to landfill and provide an income source for Government and Local agencies.

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Quality Control

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Optical Sorting