- On March 18, 2014
- drop off, MRF, single stream
A few years back, we made a strategic decision to begin investing heavily in recycling. Recycling plays a large part in our business strategy to divert re-usable resources from the waste stream. We know if we invest now, keeping our eye on the bigger environmental picture, it will pay off greatly for our community later on.
Our new and improved MRF or Mr. Murph as we call him uses state of the art processing equipment to separate two and three dimensional recyclables by size, allowing residents to mix recyclables placed in our Mr. Murph recycling container.
We installed our MRF in part to handle the new supply of recyclables from our recycling agreement with the City of Tulsa. With it, we’re now able to process and reclaim almost 400,000 pounds or 200 tons of recyclables a day including cardboard, paper, plastics, aluminum, steel and glass.
The MRF accepts material from a variety of collection sources. First, American Waste Control collects single stream recyclable materials from both commercial businesses and community gathering establishments like schools, churches or community centers. Our 100 plus drop-off sites located around the Tulsa metro area provide residents without curbside recycling or who live in multi-family housing complexes the same convenience as those who recycle at their residence.
Mr. Murph’s mix dry waste system is developed for commercial customers, with bagged mix dry waste and loose recyclable materials in the same container. Mr. Murph’s automation means more efficiency and less contamination in the end product. The more re-useable resources we divert from the waste stream, the lower we can maintain our disposal costs.
Since going to our fully automated system, our material recovery rates from single stream recyclables delivered to our MRF are now as high as 95% of the recyclables processed. Prior to automation, our recovery rates were 20-30%. The City of Tulsa now has a 22% diversion of recyclables from the waste stream, which represents a dramatic shift in Tulsa’s previous trash disposal efficiency.