On December 20, 2011, ReCommunity and the Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County (RRRASOC) cut the ribbon on their upgraded material recovery facility in Southfield, Michigan. The $4.5 million upgrade converts the existing facility to fully automated single-stream recycling. This benefits area residents by making recycling easier and allows the recycling facility to collect a wider variety of waste and process it more efficiently. The new facility will create more than 66 new jobs in Southfield, benefitting the local economy as well.
At full capacity the new MRF is capable of processing 25,000 pounds of recycled paper, plastic, cardboard, cans and glass an hour. The plant is expected to be open sixteen hours a day, six days a week. The upgrade could boost material recovery rates to as much as 60%.
The new MRF also improves the quality of the recovered material by removing smaller particles of paper and glass than was previously possible. This is done through a high volume air flow system which sucks the smaller particles into a collection tube to be carried away. The result is high quality recycled material and low contamination rates.
ReCommunity, formerly FCR Recycling, is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has a total of 21 material recovery facilities operating in ten states. ReCommunity also operates MRFs in Ann Arbor, Saginaw, Huron and Roseville, Michigan, making this state one of their highest volume regions.
ReCommunity helps communities by establishing public-private partnerships that increase recycling options and availability while boosting the local economy. The Southfield facility was funded entirely by private investments through ReCommunity.
To view the ReCommunity official press release click here.
To view video from News4 Detroit click here .