Materials Recovery Facility upgrades
New equipment will detect more recyclable materials
Peel's Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) is part of the Peel Integrated Waste Management Facility (PIWMF).
This facility has undergone significant upgrades to its equipment that will increase the amount of recyclable material collected from waste, keeping even more recyclable items out of landfill. To date, $21 million has been invested into the project in partnership with the Government of Canada.
The recycling sorting process
At the MRF, the recycling sorting process starts when waste collection trucks dump waste into an area called the 'tip floor'. Waste materials go from the tip floor into the sorting system.
As waste travels through the sorting system, recyclable materials are separated manually and automatically. Specialized equipment lets us separate and recycle various types of materials.
The recyclable materials are then bundled, wrapped into bales and prepared to be shipped to market.
New equipment for better sorting
While our current equipment was effective, there are new challenges and issues that we’ve been facing:
- Newer types of consumer packaging are making it more difficult to recycle materials.
- Industries that use post-consumer recyclable materials are demanding higher quality.
To address these challenges, we’re installing new equipment including 10 optical sorters. An optical sorter is a specialized type of sorting equipment. It uses a unique infrared light to sort and detect different materials. These upgrades will help us better sort the types of materials that pass through Peel’s MRF.
This faster, more efficient sorting will let us provide even more valuable recyclable materials to industries.
- Project started: August 2019
- Equipment installed: September - December 2019
- Commissioning and Acceptance Testing: January - March 2020
- Anticipated project completion: March 31, 2020
Get more information
For more information on this project, call:
Krista Garcia, Project Manager
905-791-7800 ext. 4816
Mark Fox, Program Manager
905-791-7800 ext. 4591