Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)
Known as a MRF (pronounced "murf"), this facility processes the commingled containers and commingled paper items listed below. They are then sorted, consolidated (baled) and shipped to manufacturing plants where they are made into new products.
The Materials Recovery Facility processes commingled papers and commingled containers. Commingled papers and commingled containers (cans, bottles, etc.) from all of the Towns and Villages in the County are delivered to the MRF by private haulers and recyclers.
The commingled papers are separated by hand pickers by various grades, (e.g. newsprint, old corrugated, etc.) baled and shipped to plants that will recycle the paper into new products.
Likewise, the cans and bottles are separated by the use of magnets, air blowers, and hand pickers into various components such as aluminum, ferrous materials, and various grades of plastic. These separated recyclables are then baled and shipped to companies that will recycle them. The companies generally pay the Authority to recycle these materials.
The MRF is housed in a 36,000 square foot building which includes a 10,000 square foot tipping floor. The process area includes 5,000 square feet for bale storage. The MRF was constructed at a cost of $5.8 million.
The MRF has been in commercial operation since 1998. Click here to see the types and volumes of materials processed at the MRF and recycled into new products.
Note: Some municipal recycling programs may not include all of the items listed below. Call your town or village for more information on its recycling program.
Click here for a copy of the Acceptable Recycleable Items List