You'll be hearing a lot more about MRFs soon enough.
These mixed-waste materials recovery facilities (MRFs) are a key part of the new solid waste management plan just approved for Fraser Valley Regional District by the provincial Ministry of Environment.
“We applaud Minister Polak’s decision which will allow for the establishment of policy and regulation that will encourage private sector investment, innovation and competition, while meeting the plan’s target of 90 per cent diversion in the next 10 years,” said FVRD Chair Sharon Gaetz.
FVRD’s updated plan will guide the district and member municipalities to reduce and manage waste over the next 10 years.
MRFs use mechanical, optical, and manual sorting to remove recyclable or compostable material from the waste stream.
"This facility will complement continued growth in the FVRD’s traditional recycling efforts."
Compared to incineration, MRFs are more cost effective and have no negative impact on air quality. The FVRD is seeking partnerships with other regional districts and municipalities.