NEW YORK A new materials recovery facility (MRF) in Montgomery, Ala., could eliminate up to 85 percent of the waste headed to the citys landfill, according to Sunrise, Fla.-based Infinitus Energy Corp., which is overseeing the construction of the $35-million facility.
"The United States produced approximately 250 million tons of waste in 2010. The exponential increase in waste over time creates a sustainability crisis if we dont dramatically alter the current waste model," Kyle Mowitz, chief executive officer and founder of Infinitus, said in a statement. "Infinitus Energy is delivering an economical big picture solution to the multiple problems facing our world now and in the future to the city of Montgomery."
Infinitus said that the 81,992-square-foot facility, expected to be fully operational by June 30, 2014, will be the most advanced integrated waste recovery facility in the country.
Residents will place all refuse in a single, city-issued bin, which will be collected by the Montgomery Sanitation Department and taken to the advanced mixed materials recovery facility at the Renewable Energy Park, where it will be separated using highly advanced screening, air and optical separation technologies, Infinitus said.
The recycling and sorting system, developed by Eugene, Ore.-based Bulk Handling Systems LLC, will sort and recover materials such as metals, used beverage cans, plastics, cardboard, mixed paper and wood. The technology will allow the facility to accept a larger variety and volume of potentially recyclable materials than other recycling methods, Infinitus said.
"This is a long-term green investment in our city and state. With this project, Montgomery will be seen as a leader and trendsetter in implementing green technology for the benefit of both our residents and our planet," Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said in a statement. "Diverting tons of material away from landfills and incinerators and turning those materials into valuable resources generates a host of financial, environmental and societal returns."