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MRF facility in Cleveland to be part of its larger recycling programs

The nearly 100,000 square-foot MRF is envisioned to serve as the processing hub for WM located in Ohio. It’s part of a bigger scheme to put $1 billion into recycling infrastructure in 2026.

WM’s 100,000 square-foot MRF in Cleveland is meant to process up to 144,000 tons of material per year. The facility includes glass processing equipment funded with a grant from the Ohio EPA. Courtesy of WM

WM has inaugurated a 100,000 square feet Recycling facility Cleveland designed to increase recycling rates across the region, generate better quality materials, and eventually broaden the range of materials WM will recycle.

Recycling facilities are among four facilities that WM runs in Ohio. The brand new Cleveland facility is expected to be the company’s main processing hub within the state, and will serve more than half a million customers within Ohio as stated by Aaron Johnson, area vice president of the WM Great Lakes Area, in an announcement. WM has announced the facility’s opening on Friday.

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The company has invested 30 million into this facility. It is able to process 144,000 tons of materials per year, and is projected to process around 420 tons a day. The MRF features “state-of-the-art” optical sorters, non-wrapping screens, and ballistic separators. It also houses glass recovery equipment and a glass breaker, which was supported through a $200,000 market development award through The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

The site is designed to create 50 jobs and the upgraded technology and automation on the site will provide the “opportunity to upskill current roles,” WM said.

The project forms part of the WM’s bigger plans to invest approximately $1 billion to recycle infrastructure across the nation until 2026. This includes around 40 scheduled “new or automated” MRFs, which are expected to add around 2.8 million tons added to the managed, the company stated in the statement.

WM believes that automation is a key tool to earn more premiums for materials that are cleaner. It’s also essential to help the company grow the amount of recycled material it handles by fifteen million to 25 million tonnes annually in 2030, CFO Devina Rankin stated at an investor presentation on sustainability in April. WM is expected to collect 19 million tonnes of recycled material in 2026.

WM earlier announced that it is planning to implement an automation program of 27, between 2023-2025, and increase its recycling footprint to at least eight new places.


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