IESI’s Texas facility receives certification

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded Gold Certification to IESI Corporation’s (IESI) material recovery facility (MRF) in McKinney, Texas.

The IESI MRF is the first privately funded single-stream recycling facility in North America to receive USGBC’s LEED Gold status. Developed by the United States Green Building Council in 2000, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a third-party certification program that is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

The 28,000 square foot McKinney MRF contains numerous sustainable features including certified wood, recycled steel, low-flow water fixtures and energy efficient machinery. Because the facility utilizes the single-stream process, customers can combine materials in one large container.

IESI’s McKinney MRF is only one of many of the company’s recent enhancements to its sustainable initiatives. In September 2009, IESI obtained LEED Gold certification for its Seneca Meadows Environmental Education Center in Seneca Falls, New York. This facility serves as an educational resource for children and adults by providing nature-based programming. The education center is adjacent to a thousand-acre wetlands complex acting as an outdoor recreational area, complete with walking trails, boardwalks and wildlife overlook stations.