Montgomery, AL acquires failed 'dirty MRF,' vows to bring back recycling

09 Jan 2018 11:10 AM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

Reported on today

When Infinitus Renewable Energy Park (IREP) opened in 2014, it was seen as a promising sign that mixed waste processing could be making a comeback, but challenging commodity markets and other factors led the facility to close in Oct. 2015. This effectively canceled recycling in Montgomery and affected programs as far as Florida. IREP also left behind more than 18,000 tons of organic material, which caught fire multiple times and posed stormwater hazards, that the city paid to have removed.

Mayor Todd Strange recently said he hopes to resume recycling service soon and is in talks with at least three companies that could take over operations at IREP. Two were described as "international," and another is said to be from the West Coast. At least one company has expressed possible interest in resuming mixed waste processing while others would operate a more traditional material recovery facility.

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