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State-of-the-art recycling facility will recover 95% of recyclables

Balcones Resources, a Texas based independent recycling company, has just opened its new 22.7 tonnes Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in northeast Austin. The $25 million MRF utilises state-of-the-art technology supplied by Bulk Handling Systems (BHS). With the help of the latest screening, optical, and controls technology, very high recovery rates (over 95%) and a highly automated operation are achieved.

Lee Leffingwell, mayor of Austin, said that the new MRF will not only help decrease the amount of waste sent to landfills, but it will also help the city achieve its zero-waste goal much sooner.

The recycling company has recently been awarded a 20 year contract with the City of Austin to process 60% of resididential kerbside recycling material, and its new facility will serve 106,000 residential accounts. According to BHS, the facility is designed in a way that it can be easily expanded as Balcones’ partnership with the City grows.

The 9300 m² facility will recover over 95% of available recyclables, including PET, HDPE-N & HDPE-C, mixed plastics, OCC, ONP, mixed paper, SOP, aluminium, ferrous metals, mixed metals, glass, mixed rigid plastics, and film plastics.

Check the video for a very nicely filmed overview of the facility

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