MONTGOMERY, Alabama - The city of Montgomery celebrated the grand opening today of an innovative new facility that is bringing residential recycling and 110 new jobs to the city.
The 81, 992-square-foot facility that represents a $35 million capital investment by Infinitus Energy is the most advanced recycling facility in the country, according to Bulk Handling Systems, which installed the system.
The new Infinitus Renewable Energy Park at Montgomery (iREP Montgomery) is located at 1551 Louisville St.
With the new system, city residents will continue to throw away their garbage into a city-issued bin, but the waste will go to the recovery center to be sorted and then recycled.
“The Infinitus Energy team has delivered a facility that far exceeds the expectations we had upon originally issuing an RFP to help us revive our recycling efforts, ” Montgomery’s Mayor Todd Strange said. “They have delivered the most sophisticated technology available in the world today to process our MSW and reduce our operating costs, savings that we estimate could be as high as $1.8 million annually. In addition, this facility will help us achieve recycling rates that will be amongst the highest nationally and put the City of Montgomery at the leading edge of managing solid waste.”
Infinitus CEO Kyle Mowitz said this new model brings the waste management costs down with no capital investment from the community.
“Our company is committed to additional investment in technologies to benefit the community both economically and environmentally, ” he said. “Future phases of this project will include further maximization of the organic waste stream through anaerobic digestion (AD) to create a compressed natural gas (CNG) and compost. The citizens of Montgomery should applaud the vision of their government leaders that have contributed to this project’s benefits – benefits that will be realized for years to come. Along with this leadership, we will continue to deploy advanced technologies to ensure that IREP at Montgomery continues to maximize diversion and value for this community.”