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Metropolitan Recycling Opens Materials Recycling Facility

Will process commercial and single stream recyclables from Bakersfield and Kern County

Metropolitan Recycling Opens Materials Recycling Facility

Metropolitan Recycling, LLC (MRC), a joint venture formed by five privately held local recycling companies, has opened a new state-of-the-art 50,000 square-foot recycling facility. The materials recovery facility (MRF) is located at the Mt. Vernon Recycling Complex in Bakersfield and is expected to create numerous full time jobs. The system will process commercial and residential single stream recyclables, helping to execute on Bakersfield’s curbside recycling rollout and goal of reaching 75% diversion by 2020.   

“We are very proud to bring a state-of-the-art facility to this community,” said Jacob Panero of Metropolitan Recycling and Varner Bros, Inc. “This project was developed in collaboration with forward-thinking partners from the city of Bakersfield and Kern County. The MRF will sort, bale and ship all of the residential and commercial single stream material from Bakersfield and much of Kern County for many years to come,” Panero went on. 

Designed, manufactured and installed by Eugene, Oregon-based Bulk Handling Systems (BHS), the facility will process more than 30,000 tons of material annually on one shift.

“This system was designed to perform at a high level, allowing MRC to recover more than 95% of available recyclables,” said BHS Sales Manager Eric Winkler. “It was also designed with the flexibility to process more recyclables to keep up with future growth in regional demand.”   

Panero continues, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate our loyal staff, most especially Construction Manager and Facility Manager Martin Graves, Head Supervisor Sergio Muñoz and our many partners from Bakersfield, Arvin, Shafter and Kern County.”   

Metropolitan Recycling (MRC) was formed 15 years ago by five privately owned Bakersfield area refuse collection companies: Price Disposal, Varner & Son, Inc./Lamont Sanitation, Howard’s Garbage, Superior Sanitation and Varner Brothers, Inc.  

This collaborative entity is a response to stay ahead of the curve in sustainability and recycling in an ever-changing global marketplace.  MRC also owns and operates a large volume Construction and Demolition (C&D) MRF at the same Mt. Vernon Recycling Complex.  MRC is happy to be able to support many projects that give back to the community, including: Relay For Life, Keep Bakersfield Beautiful, Bakersfield Green Expo, Rotary and local Chambers of Commerce, among numerous others.    

BHS is a worldwide leader in the innovative design, engineering, manufacturing and installation of sorting systems and components for the solid waste, recycling, waste-to-energy, and construction and demolition industries. The BHS family of companies includes Nihot (Amsterdam) and NRT (Nashville). Clients around the globe choose BHS because of its experience, dedication to cutting-edge technology, quality construction and durability, and unmatched customer service.  

According to BHS, they have built some of the largest and most durable MRFs in the world – and they are achieving the highest throughput, recovery and purity rates in the industry. 

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3592 West 5th Avenue
Eugene, OR
US, 97402


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