The Daniel P. Thomas Material Recovery Facility (MRF) serves as the cornerstone for recycling efforts for the municipalities in the Refuse Disposal District #1. The facility processed 76,314 tons of recyclables in 2011. Revenue from the sale of recyclables (an 80 percent share, as per contract agreement with City Carting) was $9,283,524.
About 90% of the residentially collected recyclable material in Westchester County is processed at the MRF. The facility recently underwent a five-month retrofit, to outfit it with the latest technology. Now high tech optical sorting equipment shoots thousands of laser beams per second through each plastic container to identify the resin type. This allows the county to continue recycling plastic containers coded 1 and 2 and also collect and recycle containers coded 3 through 7, including yogurt containers, plastic cups and take-out food boxes.
The MRF Education and Conference Center, located inside the facility, allows visitors to observe the operation of a garbage and recyclables transfer station. An educational tour program is available for schools, scout troops, business people, private citizens and anyone else interested in how the county’s Material Recovery Facility, one of the nation’s premier recycling facilities, operates. The MRF Education and Conference Center attracted over 6,000 visitors in 2010, including thousands of students from schools throughout Westchester. Professionals and special interest groups also used the Conference Center throughout the year for meetings.
Tours to the Education Center of the Westchester County Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Yonkers are fun, educational, free of charge and suitable for students of all ages.
Household Material Recovery Facility (H-MRF)
The Department of Environmental Facilities Solid Waste and Recycling Division's newest facility is the place to bring your hard-to-get-rid-of household waste on a year-round basis. This includes household chemicals, cleaning products, pesticides, tires, re-chargeable batteries, confidential papers for shredding, Freon-containing items, appliances, electronic waste, propane tanks and over-the-counter medications. Operated by appointment only, the facility is open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, but prescription medicines are accepted on the first Tuesday of every month only. It is located on the Grasslands Reservation in Valhalla.
The Charles Point Resource Recovery Facility
The Charles Point Resource Recovery Facility, located in Peekskill, was built in response to a federal mandate to close the county’s Croton Point Landfill and local incinerators. In 1982, 26 municipalities joined in a special assessment district, called the Refuse Disposal District #1, that enabled the WCAIDA to build the Charles Point Facility. The facility began operations in 1984, by providing dependable, environmentally safe disposal of municipal solid waste for Westchester County, while generating clean, renewable electricity.
Designed, constructed and operated by Wheelabrator Westchester, the facility supports county residents by processing up to 2,250 tons per day of municipal solid waste. The Charles Point Facility has a permitted capacity of 710,000 tons per year. It is equipped with a magnetic separation system that extracts ferrous metals from the ash, which is then recycled. The plant has an electrical generating capacity of 60,000 kilowatts; the equivalent of supplying the electrical needs of 88,000 New York homes.
The facility accepts solid waste from all municipalities in the Refuse Disposal District #1, which has grown to include 36 communities, representing approximately 90 percent of the county’s population. In 2011, the facility processed 705,376 tons of solid waste and recovered 12,648 tons of ferrous metal. 388,985 tons of solid waste was delivered by Refuse Disposal District #1 municipalities. Private carters and direct haul waste delivered the balance of refuse to the Charles Point Facility.
Brockway Place Transfer Station
The Brockway Place Transfer Station is located in White Plains. This station was constructed in 1995 and is capable of handling 600-900 tons of refuse per day. Waste that is delivered to the county’s transfer station is compacted into 75 cubic yard trailers (approximately 25 tons) and delivered to the Charles Point Resource Recovery Facility. White Plains, Port Chester, Scarsdale, Harrison, Rye and Rye Brook deliver waste to the transfer station.
South Columbus Avenue Station
The South Columbus Avenue Transfer Station is located in Mount Vernon. This station was constructed in 1984 and is capable of handling 600-900 tons of refuse per day. Waste that is delivered to the county’s transfer station is compacted into 75 cubic yard trailers (approximately 25 tons) and delivered to the Charles Point Resource Recovery Facility. Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Pelham, Pelham Manor, Larchmont/Mamaroneck, and Mamaroneck Village deliver waste to the transfer station.