A Material Recovery Facility (MRF) is a critical component of modern waste management and recycling systems. MRFs are sophisticated facilities designed to sort, separate, and process recyclable materials from mixed waste streams. These facilities are at the forefront of the recycling industry, playing a pivotal role in reducing the environmental impact of waste disposal and conserving valuable resources.


MRFs are equipped with advanced sorting equipment and technologies, such as conveyor belts, screens, magnets, and optical sensors, which automate the separation process. When mixed waste is delivered to a MRF, it undergoes a systematic sorting and segregation process that separates various types of materials, including paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, and metals. This separation allows for efficient recycling and processing, maximizing the recovery of valuable materials that can be reprocessed and reused in the production of new products.

The significance of MRFs lies in their ability to divert recyclable materials from landfills, significantly reducing the volume of waste sent to disposal sites and the associated environmental pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, MRFs contribute to the conservation of natural resources, energy savings, and job creation within the recycling industry. As sustainability becomes an increasingly important global concern, MRFs are at the forefront of promoting a circular economy where materials are reused and repurposed, benefiting both the environment and the economy.


The parts of the waste recycling process are the different machines. Depending on the complexity of the process more or fewer machines can be used. The following machines are added in order in increase the separation quality:
  • Shredders
  • Belt Conveyors
  • Trommel & Vibrating Screens
  • Magnetic Separators
  • Air Density Separator
  • Windrow Turners

MWC Process Flow