Material Recovery Facilities

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The purpose of this module is to introduce the types of material recovery facilities and the equipment used in these facilities. When mixed recyclables are collected, they are taken to a facility known as a material recovery facility (MRF). At these facilities, recyclables are sorted, processed and baled for shipment to intermediate processors where they can be converted into the raw materials for new products. The design of these facilities is a critical link between the recyclable materials collected at households and businesses and the recycled products that you can purchase in a store.

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