Republic Services modernizes single-stream sorting
Republic Services, Inc. will invest $20 million
to modernize the single-stream sorting system at its Southern
California recycling facility, CVT Regional Material Recovery
Facility. Recognized as one of the largest materials recovery
facilities (MRFs) by volume in the United States, CVT has served
municipalities throughout Southern California for more than two
The Southern California MRF has seen numerous enhancements throughout
the years, but this time around it will receive a major overhaul
with the installation of a brand new single-stream sorting system,
designed by Bulk Handling Systems (BHS). The high-tech sorting
equipment, featuring patented screens and optical detection technology,
is custom designed to improve operations and recovery. RRT Design & Construction
(RRT) was selected by Republic to manage the project and site
According to BHS representative Eric Winkler, Republic’s new
system, which is designed to increase capacity from 20 tons per
hour to 50 tons per hour, is one of the largest, most sophisticated
single-stream systems BHS has developed to date.
The system features a comprehensive Supervisory Control and Data
Acquisition electrical control package, which provides Republic
with advanced capabilities in operating and managing the process.
Data is continuously captured throughout the system, providing
real-time and ongoing monitoring of key performance metrics such
as throughput, power consumption, and maintenance needs. This
allows Republic to keep the system operating at peak performance
“These improvements are the first, of a two-phased modernization
project intended to further advance Republic’s mission to improve
the environment and help its customers reach their sustainability
goals,” said Jim Ambroso, area president.
A new Eco-Center is also planned, to allow MRF visitors the opportunity
to observe how recyclables are sorted and removed from the waste
stream and prepared for shipment to mills and production facilities.
The CVT Regional MRF, modernization project is scheduled for
completion by the end of 2011.
Phase II of the project is under development and is scheduled
to start in 2012.