Republic Services enhances Sonoma County, California, MRF

Phoenix-headquartered Republic Services has announced that it has upgraded its material recovery facility (MRF) in Sonoma County, California, in an effort to help the county achieve its sustainability goals for years to come. The Sonoma County Recycling Center can process more than 200 tons of recyclables per day and is expected to increase recycling capacity in the region, Republic says.

“The new enhanced recycling center offers significant environmental benefits to the community and the customers we are fortunate to serve,” says Mike Caprio, area president of Republic Services. “We now have the ability to increase recycling efforts while diverting valuable materials from the landfill. The facility has the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which offers a substantial contribution to the community’s climate protection goals.”

ET Environmental, headquartered in Atlanta, expanded the company’s existing 32,000-square-foot plant by an additional 6,000 square feet, bringing the total square footage to 38,000.

CP Group, San Diego, designed and installed the facility’s processing system.

The facility offers a variety of features to provide flexible processing capabilities, Republic says. The equipment includes two material processing options: The first is an in-feed conveyor for collected commercial materials, such as cardboard, mixed paper, containers, film and plastics. The second is a hopper-fed construction and demolition (C&D) conveyance system with multiple sorting stations.

The MRF also has a separate bale storage building.

The enhancements were part of a three-year Solid Waste Advisory Group collaboration among multiple municipalities, Sonoma County and a group of public stakeholders. They identified three waste streams—self-haul, commercial dry waste and C&D debris—that could be addressed with a recycling center and programs.