A Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) is required to process, sort and bale the collected recyclables in preparation for marketing the materials. The MRF will be operated with both hand sorting and machinery sorting equipment.
The planning and design of the MRF, which will be located at the Waste and Recycling Centre (landfill), has been completed and construction of the building and equipment installation will take place in 2018. It is expected be operational in early 2019.
The facility will be capable of processing 8 tonnes of recyclable material per hour. It is being developed with enough capacity to also accept regional materials from neighbouring municipalities as well as businesses. The MRF building and equipment has been designed considering quality requirements and incorporating state-of-the-art equipment to meet current market demands.
The MRF will be owned by the City of Lethbridge and operated by a private contractor.
November 2018: Final concrete work was recently completed on the facility. Over the next several weeks, construction crews will continue to close in the building and complete the inside finishing work prior to equipment installation.
September 2018: The steel beams of the MRF are being installed and the concrete slab will be poured in the next couple of weeks (weather pending). The equipment is scheduled to be installed in early 2019 as we prepare to open the facility in the spring of 2019.