A Word About Recycling with Ollie Maier

I always enjoy reading some recycling item where Texas is acknowledged as a leader. Thus this item in a Recycling Today eNewsletter caught my eye.

The article stated FCC Environmental Services, a global environmental services company, “announced its material recovery facility (MRF) in Dallas has been named the Best Recycling Facility of the Year 2017 in North America by the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), Arlington, Virginia.”

According to the NWRA, the award recognizes the facility that: 1) demonstrates leadership in key measurements, such as innovation, quantity of materials collected and/or processed,

2) types of materials recovered, 3) site improvements or sustainability measures adopted.

In November 2015, Dallas a contract was awarded to FCC for the design, construction, and operation of a single-stream MRF to process the city’s recyclables.

Now “with the latest sorting and classification techniques, including optical sorters, as well as gravimetric sorting machines all housed in a 60,000-squarefoot building, the plant can handle more than 40 tons per hour of single-stream material.”

That’s a lot of material to be sorted.

Its operations, which started Jan. 1, 2017, are expected to process around 80,000 tons this year, with a total capacity of 140,000 tons per year when in full operation.

We find “the site includes a 15,000-square foot-building that serves as the administrative and operations personnel offices. There also is an education center where FCC personnel teach and train the community of Dallas about the importance and benefits of recycling.”

This operation “is vital to achieving the city’s ambitious efforts to increase waste diversion to 40 percent by 2020, 60 percent by 2030 and 80 percent (‘zero waste’) by 2040.”

As you may know, “The NWRA is the leading organization providing leadership, advocacy, research, education and safety expertise for the waste and recycling industries.”

Additionally “NWRA advocates at the federal, state and local levels on all issues of importance to its member companies as they provide safe, economically sustainable and environmentally sound services to communities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.”

Now a little about the FCC Group, “a leading global provider of environmental services, water management and infrastructure works. With more than 115 years of experience, FCC has a presence in more than 35 countries. The company has more than 54,000 employees worldwide.”

We find, “the environmental services division of the company has been active for more than 100 years and says it has built its success on a commitment to innovation and to helping cities become smarter, more sustainable and more socially conscious.”

It serves over 59 million people in more than 5,000 municipalities across 13 countries. Its network has over 200 recycling and recovery facilities which process over 24 million tons a year.

Bet you didn’t realize what you and I recycle is part of such a large recycling effort.

So till next week, do have a great one…

Ollie is a local citizen concerned with the environment and helping others. A retired Air Force fighter and instructor pilot, he is a graduate of Leadership San Marcos and received his degrees at Texas State University where he worked on staff before totally retiring. For questions or comments, he invites you to call him at 512-353-7432 or e-mail omaier@txstate.edu

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