Material Recovery Facility (MRF) Technology
Zero Waste Energy’s team members have been closely involved in the design, development and operation of Material Recovery Facilities (MRF) for processing Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) since the introduction of MRFs in the mid-1980s. They understand how fully automated MSW Sorting Systems can provide a significant enhancement to traditional MRF operations by processing material that is typically bound for a landfill. It is estimated that as much as 30-40% of most municipal solid waste streams is potentially recoverable in the form of paper, plastics, wood, and metal, as well as an additional 35-40% in the form of organic materials.
Comprehensive mixed solid waste processing systems employ sophisticated front-end sorting technology to recover commodities with value for resale or reuse. The remaining waste stream can be automatically segregated to isolate organics, providing feedstock for an anaerobic digestion system. A comprehensive waste processing system creates value by recovering additional commodities for sale, saving disposal and transportation costs, and preparing the organic fraction for use in an energy recovery process.