Baltimore County, MES Cut Ribbon On New Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and Transfer Station

Baltimore County Single-Stream Recycling Material Recovery Facility Ribbon CuttingYesterday, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz cut the ribbon on the County’s new Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and transfer station in Cockeysville.

The new single stream facility will process 35 tons of recyclables per hour, with the capacity to sort more than 70,000 tons of recyclables per year. The highly automated new MRF contains 86 conveyor belts, six sorting screens, three optical sorters and two balers. Maryland Environmental Service oversaw the project to renovate the 55,000 square feet facility, including the purchase and installation of the new single-stream recycling equipment.

Baltimore County invested approximately $23 million ($13 million in single stream equipment, $6 million on the transfer facility and $4 million in design and infrastructure improvements) to construct the new municipal solid waste transfer facility and new single-stream MRF.

Recycling System DiagramThis new MRF will allow Baltimore County to sort its recyclables locally and hold on to the full economic benefits of the County’s recyclables. Collectively, the new transfer station and single stream MRF are expected to generate approximately $750,000 to $2 million a year revenue after expenses, depending on market conditions. The new MRF will create 13 new jobs in Baltimore County.

Maryland Environmental Service has operated the facility for over twenty years, watching recycling technology improve and recycling participation grow. On February 1, 2010, Baltimore County launched its single stream recycling program. Instead of sorting recyclables before pick-up, Baltimore County citizens could set out all acceptable recyclable materials together for collection to be sorted later.

Since February 2010, Baltimore County’s Single Stream Program has accepted more materials than ever before for recycling. These materials include plastic containers of any number (1 through 7) or no number at all, wide-mouth plastic containers (such as yogurt and peanut butter containers) and rigid plastics (such as buckets, flower pots, and toys) Empty aerosol cans, aluminum foil, milk cartons and juice boxes are also accepted.

Through an Inter-governmental Agreement between Baltimore County and MES, MES operates the recycling sorting facility, homeowner drop-off area and transfer operation at the Cockeysville location. MES also operates the County’s Western Acceptance Facility.

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