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Materials Recovery Facility

The Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) is the building that sorts and processes Lethbridge's recyclable materials.

‚ÄčA Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) is used to process, sort and bale the collected recyclables in preparation for marketing materials. The MRF is operated with both hand sorting and machinery sorting equipment.

The facility can process up to 8 tonnes of recyclables every hour. Our MRF was also developed with capacity to accept regional materials from neighbouring municipalities as well as businesses in the future. The MRF was designed to consider quality requirements, incorporating state-of-the-art equipment to meet current market demands.

The MRF is owned by the City of Lethbridge and operated by a private contractor.

Project Update

March 2019: Equipment installation was wrapped up, training and testing began.


December 2018: Check out this timelapse video on the progress of the MRF construction! 


November 2018: Final concrete work was recently completed on the facility. Construction crews worked to close in the building and complete the inside finishing work prior to equipment installation.

September 2018: The steel beams of the MRF were installed and the site was prepared for the concrete slab to be poured.




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