Instead of sending what doesn’t go in the recycling bin to disposal (incinerator or landfill), we propose it be directed to a material recovery facility where technology is employed to “break open the bag” and extract valuable recyclables.
Modern “mixed waste” material recovery facilities employ advanced technology, less manual labour and are safer and more efficient at mechanically recovering valuable material from the waste stream compared to their low-tech predecessors. Many of the innovations and improvements have evolved from the processing of source separated recyclables. These same advancements, combined with emerging new equipment, are employed in a growing number of cities across the US to extract recyclables left in the waste stream.
Advanced systems are designed to maximize recovery through screening equipment, air separators, optical technology, magnets, eddy current separators and manual quality controls.