New MiniMRF recycling technology
Novelis Corporation launched miniMRF
LLC, a joint venture with PRFection
Engineering. MiniMRF builds and operates
innovative technology designed to
achieve high rates of solid waste
diversion. This technology is positioned
downstream to recover materials that
have already eluded traditional recycling
programs and are otherwise destined
MiniMRF technology provides landfills
and transfer stations with the means
to divert up to 15 percent of the
municipal solid waste stream, and
redirect it back into valuable reuse
applications. Currently, the technology
targets aluminum cans, steel and
a variety of other reusable materials.
In its future state, through recovery
of PET bottles and additional materials,
the technology could achieve diversion
rates as high as 40 percent.
“MiniMRF has been operating successfully
in central Ohio since August 2008,”
said John Woehlke, business development
manager with Novelis in North America.
“We expect strong interest in the
technology as people seek new ways
to increase recycling and extend
As part of their sustainability efforts,
both companies are committed to increasing
the aluminum can recycling rate.
In the United States, approximately
half of aluminum beverage cans, more
than 50 billion cans, are discarded
and sent to landfills annually. MiniMRF
is positioned as one viable solution
to this vast opportunity and, within
the next decade, could recycle up
to 4 billion used beverage cans annually.
All of the aluminum recovered by
miniMRF will be used in the United
States, by Novelis, to make aluminum
sheet for the sustainable, closed-loop
production of beverage cans.
For information regarding miniMRF,