Davis Street unveils leading-edge $10 million recycling facility expansion
Facility will capture cardboard, pallets and plastics

SAN LEANDRO, Calif.  With more than 100 California recycling leaders, local elected officials, Waste Management senior staff and employees in attendance, Senior District Manager Jack Isola and guests “flipped the switch”  to unveil the latest expansion of the Davis Street Resource Recovery Complex (Davis Street) on May 6.

Completed in four months, the $10 million high-diversion materials recovery facility (MRF) is designed to meet CalRecycle’s CalGreen construction and demolition (C&D) and StopWaste’s commercial diversion goals for Alameda County. It is the only MRF in the region that meets both requirements.

“This high-diversion MRF represents a marriage of public policy and engineering design,” said Isola. “We solicited the recycling expectations of state and local policymakers and built a MRF to exceed those recycling expectations.”

The goal is to have less than 10 percent of such materials in the residue after processing  up to 1.6 million pounds a day of C&D and dry commercial volumes, more than twice the volume it previously processed.

“The design enables one facility to capture the cardboard, pallets and plastics and return them to the materials stream for reuse and recycling,” said Isola. It is the only Alameda County C&D MRF accredited by the Recycling Certification Institute.

PHOTO: (L-R) Dan Geiger, USBGC-Northern California Chapter; Gary Wolff, StopWaste; Jack Isola, Waste Management; Jim Prola, City of San Leandro; Roland Dias, Oro Loma Sanitary District, ceremoniously flip the switch to begin operations at the expanded MRF.