MARCH 2012

Mervis to open Urbana, Illinois recycling center

Mervis Industries received a special use permit from the Urbana City Council in Illinois to build a recycling center. The location was a former drive-in theater and is a 10 acre site that will include an 18 ft. tall, 8,000 sq. ft. metal building with truck dock and scale. Only 5 of the 10 acres will be used for the facility, the rest will be used for natural screening created by trees, bushes and flowers. Many existing trees will be salvaged and reused.

Open to the public, the new facility will offer residents and businesses a clean, convenient location to bring recyclable materials. The concept will be based on Advantage Recycling in Danville, Illinois. The recycling center will focus on being customer-friendly with easy in/easy out processing. The staff is also available to assist customers as they bring in materials. Material collected will be sorted and shipped off-site to be processed at one of Mervis’ locations in Illinois or Indiana.

Customers can drop off a variety of materials including appliances, automobiles, farm equipment, electronics and lead acid batteries. Also all types of metals including aluminum, brass, copper, scrap iron and stainless steel will be purchased.

Mervis will continue operations at Marco Recycling in Champaign. Founded in 1930, Mervis Industries is a fourth generation, family-owned business and is one of the 20 largest recyclers in the U.S.