The Charlotte, N.C.-based ReCommunity signed a 20-year agreement with the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) to operate an automated material recovery facility (MRF) in New Castle, Del. ReCommunity said in a news release that it will invest $15 million to repurpose an existing 64,000-sq.-ft. building and install state-of-the art sorting equipment within the Delaware Recycling Center (DRC).
The facility will recycle aluminum, plastics, paper, cardboard, tin and glass when it opens, which is scheduled for early 2013.
DSWA currently gathers recyclables at one of two transfer stations and then transports the material to ReCommunity's MRFs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as other facilities. ReCommunity has taken over recycling transfer operations at the DRC and plans to upgrade several buildings at the facility in the next three months. The ReCommunity MRF will employ up to 80 workers in two shifts.
At full capacity, ReCommunity Delaware will recover material that will prevent 399,426 metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent greenhouse gases from being emitted and will save 169,195 cubic yards of landfill space.
“We look forward to a long partnership with the state of Delaware," said ReCommunity CEO Jim Bohlig.