Materials Recovery Facility

The Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) is publicly-owned infrastructure for community waste processing, recycling, reuse and disposal.

Over the last 20 years, the MRF has diverted more than 1.6 million tons of recyclable and re-usable materials from landfill disposal. The MRF is undergoing an upgrade that will allow MRWMD to keep up with regulatory mandates and continue to ensure compliance for member agencies, as well as support local construction industry compliance with the 65% CalGreen recycling requirement.

The MRF will be able to process recyclables collected from the Monterey Peninsula, construction and demolition debris, and commercial mixed waste to remove recyclables and organics.  The MRF also receives clean loads of source separated green waste and wood scraps, the raw materials for making compost and wood chips.

Future Resource Recovery

With the passing of AB 341, in October 2011, the California diversion goal has increased to 75% by 2020. District staff is preparing a MRF Improvement Project that would be capable of recovering up to 75% or more of the mixed waste stream from both commercial and multi-family sources, in addition to continuing to process the construction and demolition and self-haul loads it now receives. The new MRF is scheduled to open January 2017.

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History Of Diversion

The MRF opened in April of 1996. The $9.6 million facility was designed and built in response to the AB 939 mandate requiring California cities and counties to reduce their waste by 50% by the year 2000. Since it opened, the MRF has diverted more than 1.6 million tons of recyclable and reusable materials from landfill disposal. As a result, MRWMD member jurisdictions have enjoyed some of the highest diversion levels in the State.

Pay Less for Clean “Source Separated Loads”

The highest rates of recycling and the lowest cost can be attained when you “source separate” materials at your job site. You can keep separate dumpsters for clean concrete, wood, metal, soil, etc. at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) helps builders comply with California’s CALGreen building requirements and meet the national LEED Building standards. Our offers discounted rates for clean loads containing source separated wood, concrete, asphalt, or soil.

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Staff Contacts

MRF Manager
Clyde Walkup

Senior Engineer
David Ramirez

Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

8 a.m.- 4 p.m.