A visit to a recycling company

Posted by Mark

Yesterday I passed by MRC, a metal and recycling company to check out how everything works. It’s one of these things I’ve always been curious about which is why I emailed them to see if they’d give me a tour. Their recycling center is located in Amghara and it was segmented into two parts, plastics and metal.

Plastic
You can easily tell you’ve arrived at their plastic recycling facility since you’ll be met with huge piles of colorful empty plastic containers divided into different groups depending on the color. They export both the plastics and metals for recycling abroad but before they can send the products out they need to be prepped. With plastics that process involves a few stages. The first thing they do is shred the plastic into small pieces. They then wash these plastic pieces in a large pool and are left to dry. Once the plastic pieces dry they are placed into another machine that melts them into long plastic strings which get chopped up into very tiny pieces. Those pieces are filled into sacks and then exported to different countries where they are recycled (mostly China).

Metal
For metal the process is a lot simpler than plastic although it’s a much more larger and difficult process since it involves large metal objects such as cars. Like plastic the metal gets exported but before they can export it all the metal needs to be shredded into very tiny pieces. After a bit of safety prep I was actually allowed up onto the large claw crane that was picking up cars and tossing them into a pile. I sadly wasn’t allowed to control it but it was still cool being up there. The cars and other metal objects are then placed into a large shredder, the first part chops the metal object into big pieces and then the second part chops them into tinier pieces.

If you’re interested in recycling MRC have a program called NewAir which they’ve tailored for companies. They will collect and recycle your waste products which include paper, cartons, plastic, metals, PET bottles, cans, electronic items and more. To sign up to NewAir to get more details you can visit their website [Here]


google plus share facebook share twitter share


11 comments, add your own...


  1. TweeZ says:

    best post in a while.

    hope it encourages people to make a difference.

    Thanks Mark.

  2. L says:

    Nice post – something like this makes you stand apart from the crowd!

  3. bafak.com says:

    fery goot artikal and nice pikshar

  4. darkwolf80s says:

    If you want to check out and cover another cool recycling article you should definitely head over to ACK today. They’re having Earth Day event called REUSE 5.0 and today is the last day.

    Event info:

    REUSE is an annual exposition that serves as an opportunity for non-profit organizations, companies, professionals and aspiring creative talents to showcase their accomplishments in the fields of social responsibility and sustainability via a range of artistic mediums and interactive activities for the general public.

    REUSE aims to promote eco-friendly living and provide a platform for those who strive to incorporate this principle into their work. As in previous years, REUSE will be divided into various modules, as we try to include as many eco-friendly initiatives as possible.

  5. Franco says:

    Great post, and just in time for Earth Day. BTW this is not a recycling plant since they don’t actually recycle. Its a recovery plant or MRF.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Materials_recovery_facility

  6. Mrs. Mohammad says:

    Their NEWAIR division also collects from homes. We contacted them a couple weeks ago and got recycling boxes for our home, and they come once a week to collect. It is easy and I feel so much better that my household is doing what WE can in helping the environment.

  7. Tarek says:

    Great job !

    i am glad that there is someone out there doing their bit for the environment. they also do household pickups i use them and the call in advance to make sure some is at home . I encourage everyone to to call or check their site mrckw

  8. Chris says:

    nice post :)


Leave a Reply



Commenting is a privilege not a right. I allow comments on the site because I believe that you can make a valuable contribution but in return I expect that you comment responsibly.