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
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