ReCommunity Reopens Detroit Facility as Single-Stream

Date: December 21, 2011

Source: ReCommunity

ReCommunity Recycling said it reopened its Southfield, MI facility, serving metro Detroit, as a single-stream, capable of processing 100,000 tons of comingled recyclables per year. The multi-million dollar upgraded facility is housed in a 52,000 square-foot facility and will employ more than 65 people once fully operational next month. “We are pleased to bring the Recovery Revolution to Metro Detroit with this new single-stream recycling facility,” said James Bohlig, chief executive officer of ReCommunity.

ReCommunity was formed in March 2011 by investment firms Pegasus Capital Advisors LP and Intersection LLC which purchased the non-core recycling assets spun-off by Casella Waste Systems (Rutland, VT) in a $ 134 million deal. In November, the company purchased two other single-stream recycling facilities in Michigan previously owned by Great Lakes Recycling.

See also: “ReCommunity Buys Two Michigan Facilities from Great Lakes Recycling,” (www.wastebusinessjournal.com/news/wbj20111122E.htm).

See also: “Casella Completes $ 134 Million Sale of Non-Core Recycling Assets,” (www.wastebusinessjournal.com/news/wbj20110308B.htm).

PRESS RELEASE
December 20, 2011

ReCommunity and Local Recycling Authority Upgrade Recycling Facility to Single-stream in Metro Detroit

  • Multi-Million Dollar Upgraded Facility will come online January 1, 2012, Creating more than 66 New Jobs

ReCommunity, a leader in the recycling and resource recovery industry, and the Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County (RRRASOC), cut the ribbon today, reopening their facility as a “single-stream” recycling operation serving all of metro Detroit. The improved, fully-automated facility will create more than 66 new jobs, and will make recycling much easier for residents by allowing them to place all recyclable materials in a single bin for curbside collection. The ReCommunity Detroit / RRRASOC materials recovery facility (MRF) will handle the rest.

“We are pleased to bring the Recovery Revolution to Metro Detroit with this new singlestream recycling facility,” said James Bohlig, chief executive officer of ReCommunity. “ReCommunity is a company with a purpose. With the upgrade of the facility in Southfield, we will create more economic development opportunities for a larger universe of Michigan communities.”

“This project serves as a successful example of municipal service-sharing through intergovernmental cooperation and public/private partnerships,” said Michael Csapo, general manager of RRRASOC. “With our communities working together across municipal boundaries and engaging in a partnership with our private sector partner, we can ensure that our residents have access to high-quality, cost-efficient services, that have a positive impact on both the economy and the environment.”

By making recycling easier with single-stream, ReCommunity enables residents and businesses in communities across the United States to increase their recycling volume by 20% to 60%. At full capacity, the ReCommunity facility will prevent more than over 320,000 metric tons of CO2-equivalent greenhouse gases from being emitted annually, which is equivalent to taking about 59,000 cars off the road each year. ReCommunity and RRRASOC will host an Open House in May to welcome the public to tour the facility to learn more about how recycling happens.

ReCommunity also operates recycling and recovery facilities in Ann Arbor, Saginaw, Huron, and Roseville, Michigan, and has a total of 21 facilities operating in ten states.

About ReCommunity

ReCommunity, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a leading recycling, recovery and repowering company that is focused on dramatically reducing the volume of land-filled waste through conversion into useful products such as recycled commodities, low-carbon energy, ReEngineered FeedstockTM, bio-fuels, and other value-added recycled products. The company aims to lead a Recovery RevolutionTM by repositioning waste as a strategic community resource instead of a growing liability. ReCommunity enables community partners to generate additional revenue, recover community owned resources, create new jobs, fund budget shortfalls, and reduce their carbon footprint. For more information, visit www.recommunity.com.

For more information, contact:
Rob Doughty
[email protected].
305.495.3311

Steve Klueg, Chief Financial Officer
[email protected].
704.697.2041

Stephen Klemann, Regional Business Development Manager
[email protected].
607.437.8820

Michael Csapo, General Manager, RRRASOC
[email protected].
248.208.2270

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