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Irvine Material Recovery Facility increases recycling volumes by extracting reusable materials from commercial waste
Irvine, Calif.—November 13, 2013– America Recycles Day, on Nov. 15, is the only nationally recognized day and community-driven awareness event dedicated to promoting recycling in the U.S.
Waste Management’s Material Recovery facility located in Irvine is helping Orange County meet the America Recycles Day mission as well as California’s recycling initiatives.
California legislature recently set an aggressive goal to recycle 75 percent of waste generated by the year 2020. Assembly Bill 341, adopted in July 2012, requires all California commercial enterprises and public entities that generate four or more cubic yards of waste per week, as well as multi-family housing complexes with five or more units, to adopt recycling practices.
The Irvine facility’s operation primarily diverts recyclables from business waste loads that are not contaminated with water or food products. The facility processes these difficult-to-extract recyclables for several businesses located in cities such as Irvine, Santa Ana, Laguna Beach, Lake Forest and Mission Viejo.
On average, the facility extracts 32,952,000 pounds of recyclables each year.
“The Irvine facility is a key recycler for Orange County and is undertaking the complex task of helping businesses and multi-residential properties improve their recycling practices,” said Miriam Cardenas, community relations representative for Waste Management of Southern California. “With California’s recent adoption of Assembly Bill 341, facility operations have grown increasingly important.”
At the site, local workers and processing equipment sort recyclables into containers of metal, plastic, cardboard, wood and glass. The sorted materials are compressed into large rectangular bales and shipped to processing plants where most materials are made into new products. This sets the recycling process in motion, while helping conserve valuable resources such as energy and landfill space.
The Waste Management facility, located at 16122 Construction Circle West, is open to the general public Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Waste Management is one of North America’s largest residential recyclers recovering over 12 million tons of recyclables in 2011, and our goal is to increase this number to 20 million tons by the year 2020,” said Cardenas. “Join the Irvine facility’s commitment to waste reduction and continue to recycle right and often in honor of America Recycles Day.”
For more information on recycling in Orange County, please visit www.wmorangecounty.com.
About Waste Management
Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Our subsidiaries provide collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. We are also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. Our customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.