Balcones Recycling to build 120,000-square-foot MRF in Texas
The City of McKinney has awarded Balcones Recycling a 15-year municipal recycling contract. Balcones will build an operate a 120,000-square-foot, $60 million processing facility servicing that serves McKinney and surrounding communities. Balcones Recycling says that the recycling campus will combine the latest innovations in recycling technology with employee wellness and community engagement programs. The facility will open in 2026.
"This project is over a decade in the making," says Adam Vehik, president of Balcones Resources. "We've had operations in the area since the early 90s and are excited for the significant environmental and economic impact this state-of-the-art facility will bring to the North Texas community."
The new Balcones facility is engineered to exceed the city's diversion goals. Balcones aims to achieve recovery rates higher than 95 percent, employee safety, and quality control. All recycled commodities will be marketed in North America, prioritizing Texas-based companies.
"This recycling campus represents Balcones' vision for material recovery," said Vehik. "As a recycling-only company, we focus on achieving the highest recovery rates possible. We invest in equipment and infrastructure that supports community growth, and we design systems that remain flexible to adapt in the future as the recycling landscape changes."
Balcones will create approximately 53 new full-time environmental jobs to operate the facility. On-site resources will include solar panels, passive lighting, native landscaping, and electric charging stations energy conservation systems; drop-off options for recyclable materials outside of the city program; and advanced sortation technology.
Balcones has had a municipal recycling contract with the City of Austin since 2012 and is set to open a new facility in San Antonio in 2024. The North Texas facility will be the Company's ninth MRF and the fifth in Texas.