A recent report conducted by the American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division shows that new technologies used in MRFS are helping to increase diversion from landfills and offering some relief to the commodities markets.
The report also reveals that some MRFs have been converted to MWPFs, allowing additional solid waste materials to be diverted from the landfill through recovery, WTE processes or the process of transforming waste into feedstock for solid engineered fuels.
Environmental Leader has more details from the report:
The main technologies used in modern recycling plants, also known as materials recovery facilities (MRFs), are being successfully integrated into new mixed waste processing facilities (MWPFs). As such, they are increasing diversion from landfills and maximizing recovery of marketable materials, according to a report released by the American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division.
While both types of facilities divert materials from landfills by increasing the recovery of marketable commodities, MRFs require recyclable materials to be removed from the waste before being processed, usually through curbside collection programs.
MWPFs, on the other hand, extract recyclables directly from municipal solid waste. This can increase recycling rates, according to some in the industry.