The brand new, state-of-the-art recycling facility for the City of Dallas was just named as the Best in North America.
The recognition for Dallas’ material recovery facility (MRF) comes from the National Waste and Recycling Association.
The MRF opened in January 2017 and is operated by FCC Environmental Services.
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The facility has the ability to process 140,000 tons of recycled materials — paper, glass, metal and plastic — in a year, and can handle up to 40 tons every hour. By that estimation, the MRF could process 14 Eiffel Towers in one year, or the Statue of Liberty in a little more than five days.
“The MRF met several important measures to win this award," read a City of Dallas news release. "Key points included innovation, types of material recovered and the quality processed, and sustainability measures put in place."
The facility handles recyclables for approximately 2 million people in North Texas who live in the cities of Dallas, Garland, Mesquite, University Park and Rowlett.
According to the City of Dallas, the MRF “is an important part of Dallas’ Zero Waste Plan, which aims to have 40 percent recyclable waste by 2020, 60 percent by 2030, and Zero Waste by 2040.”