Waste Management Dedicates New $7.5 Million Regional Recycling
Facility in Honor of America Recycles Day
Materials Recovery Facility in Topeka Is Part of Waste Management's
Commitment to Help Customers Go Green
TOPEKA, KS -- (Marketwire) -- 11/16/12 -- Waste Management (NYSE:
WM) recently celebrated America Recycles Day by dedicating its new
Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) located at the Rolling Meadows
Recycling and Disposal Facilities in Topeka, Kan. The MRF will
provide area customers with increased recycling and disposal services
that are safe, convenient and environmentally friendly.
"The Materials Recovery Facility allows us to help the region go
green by increasing single-stream recycling services," said Kent
Harrell, Director of Collection Operations, Waste Management. "The
Rolling Meadows MRF is an important step in our efforts to expand
recycling options for customers in Topeka, Shawnee County and
"The Materials Recovery Facility allows Shawnee County to grow as a
regional center and make it a greener place to live and work," said
Ted Ensley, Shawnee County Commissioner. "We are proud to work with
Waste Management on this investment that will lessen the
environmental footprint of the county and the region."
Serving the Topeka metro area, and other areas in Kansas, Nebraska,
Iowa and Missouri, the new facility will sort and process recyclable
newspaper, cardboard, aluminum, glass, plastics and scrap metal. As a
result of the new MRF, it is estimated that there will be an
additional $4M in economic activity in Shawnee County each year,
including 18-20 new jobs.
"This facility is a win-win for Kansas," said Pat George, Secretary
for Kansas Department of Commerce. "The Rolling Meadows MRF not only
provides environmental benefits, it creates jobs, encourages
community development and promotes the state as a wonderful place to
work. Overall, it's an exciting investment for the region."
Single-steam technology will allow customers to place recyclables
into a single container without the need to separate these materials
in their homes or workplaces. This system is expected to increase
recycling rates by 50 percent and encourage residents to participate
in the effort to make recycling a priority in their communities.
ling Meadows Materials Recovery Facility will yield major
environmental and economic benefits to northeast Kansas by providing
an efficient system for recycling and marketing a significant part of
our household and commercial waste streams," said Aaron Dunkel,
Deputy Secretary Kansas Department of Health and Environment. "There
are many benefits of increased recycling including conservation of
valuable landfill space and natural resources, reduced pollution in
product manufacturing, and new jobs to collect and process
As North America's largest recycler, Waste Management recycles almost
13 million tons of commodities annually. The company has set a
sustainability initiative to nearly triple the amount of recyclable
materials it recovers, from approximately 8 million tons in 2011 to
over 20 million tons by 2020. The Rolling Meadows Materials Recovery
Facility is a part of the company's plan to achieve this goal. The
full plan can be found in Waste Management's Sustainability Report.
For helpful reminders and recycling tips, visit www.wm.com. Be sure
to follow Waste Management on Twitter and Facebook for additional
ABOUT WASTE MANAGEMENT
Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston,
Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management
services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company
provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and
disposal services. It is also one of the largest residential
recyclers and a leading developer, operator and owner of
waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United
States. The company's customers include residential, commercial,
industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To
learn more information about Waste Management visit www.wm.com.
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