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Metro Waste Authority, an independent government agency with 16 member communities based in Des Moines, Iowa, began operations at its new Metro recycling facility in Grimes, Iowa. The 101,100 square foot facility will be used for recycling from the Curb It! recycling program by sorting and baling recyclables into their respective material types.
“The Metro Waste Authority is committed to providing a sustainable recycling program,” said Michael McCoy, executive director of the Metro Waste Authority. “With state-of-the-art equipment, exceptional education and strong partnerships, this new facility will improve recycling and benefit communities across the state. ”
According to a press release from the Metro Waste Authority, the material recovery facility (MRF) integrates systems from the San Diego-based CP Group. It includes CP Group worm screens to facilitate the sorting process. Additionally, the MRF features a 27,600 square foot closed peak floor, which will help keep incoming materials dry.
MRF plans to process approximately 30,000 tonnes of residential single-flow materials on the basis of its contracts. The Metro Waste Authority also expects 28 employees to work at the MRF once it is fully staffed.
McCoy says the MRF includes an education center, which includes a multi-use area, an above-ground sorting observation deck, and a hands-on exhibits and activities area for visitors to learn about. recyclable materials accepted.
The Metro Waste Authority began planning for the MRF in 2018 after China’s National Sword Policy took effect.
“Our agency has a strong history of solving industry problems with innovative solutions,” adds McCoy. “When it became difficult for our processor in Des Moines to recycle materials, our Curb It! Recycling program in place, we dug deeper to create market partnerships and find a way to keep these materials out of the landfill. We knew that if we wanted to come up with a sustainable recycling solution in the metro in the future, we had to be part of the whole process.
The Metro Waste Authority plans to hold a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the opening of the MRF on November 17.