Materials Recovery Facility
The Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) is publicly-owned infrastructure for community waste processing, recycling, reuse and disposal.
The MRF processes more than 100,000 tons of “dry mixed waste” each year that arrives in debris boxes, dumpsters, pick-up trucks and trailers. The MRF also receives clean loads of source separated green waste and wood scraps, the raw materials for making compost and wood chips.
The MRF does not process loads from residential or commercial garbage trucks nor does it process the curbside recyclables picked up from residents and businesses. Those are processed at the Waste Management, Inc. MRF in Castroville and the City of Monterey MRF in Ryan Ranch.
A 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 1.1 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.
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.