News / Waste Management Building 65,000 SF Recycling Plant

Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 3:15pm MST  |  Modified: Thursday, April 2, 2009, 9:08am

Phoenix Business Journal - by Chris Casacchia

Waste Management of Arizona is building a 65,000-square-foot recycling plant in Surprise, the company announced Wednesday.

The project is expected to create more than 100 temporary construction jobs, said spokeswoman Melissa Quillard. After completion, it is expected to create 35 permanent jobs, Quillard said. The company hopes to open the plant by summer 2010.

The enormous facility will have the capacity to process up to 150,000 tons of recyclables a year, and feature advanced single-stream recycling operations.

The efficiency of the single-stream process, which allows customers to put all their recyclables into one bin, is expected to increase capacity by 30 percent, officials said. Recycling materials such as paper, aluminum and metal helps protect natural resources, saves energy, promotes clean air and water and conserves landfill space, they said.

“We are dedicated to being good stewards of the environment, making our communities safer, cleaner and better places to live and work,” said Patrick DeRueda, president of Houston-based Waste Management Recycle America, in a released statement.

Waste Management operates 33 single-stream recycling plants across the country, including sites in Phoenix and Tucson. The new facility is part of Waste Management’s sustainability initiative that seeks to nearly triple the amount of recyclables it manages by 2020.

A ground breaking is scheduled for April 9 at WM Northwest Regional Landfill, 19401 W. Deer Valley Road.

Waste Management of Arizona employs 980 people and provides waste and recycling services to nearly 500,000 customers in the state.