Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)
TDS processes the majority of its recyclables through its Materials Recovery Facility, often referred to as the MRF. As the heart of TDS’s recycling operations, the MRF processes more than 50,000 pounds of recyclable material per hour, including glass, cardboard, paper, aluminum and plastics.
Opened in 2010, the MRF spans more than 100,000 square feet, featuring two sorting systems that process materials mechanically, manually, and electronically. The MRF creates an efficient way to eliminate pollution, an increase to manufacturing product supply lines, and a new supply of green jobs.
Recycling at TDS
We are always expanding our vision of what recycling can include and are continuously looking for ways to divert material intended from the landfill and repurpose that material for new life.
We accept recyclable materials in a variety of ways, with the most common being single-stream recycling from residents and businesses.
What is Single-Stream Recycling?
Gathering a variety of materials in one collection stream in a single container is called single-stream recycling. Single-stream recycling requires no separation at homes or businesses, so it is a more convenient method of recycling for citizens.
These materials can be recycled in a number of ways. This can include traditional “closed-loop” recycling, when a material is reconstituted into the same product, such as turning a discarded aluminum can into another aluminum can. It can also include “open-loop” recycling, when a material is reused for a whole new purpose, such as turning old tires into new plastics.
We’ve also found ways to upcycle a material, using it in the original form for a new purpose, for example, using discarded lumber as display shelves for our Garden-Ville products, and building pole barns using recycled utility poles.