A “Flip the Switch” ceremonial grand opening celebration marked the newest addition to Northeast Florida commerce. Republic Services (NYSE:RSG) opened its 70,000 square-foot regional material recovery facility (MRF) located in northwest Jacksonville on Imeson Road and will create 30 new jobs. The facility represents a $16 million capital investment in the region.
Serving residents and businesses in a multi-county area, including Duval and St. Johns counties, Republic Services’ new facility is the first of its kind in Northeast Florida and features advanced sorting capabilities, including magnets, screens and optical sorters that identify and separate different kinds of materials.
By increasing the kinds of acceptable recyclable materials, the center is increasing revenue to the City of Jacksonville. It is able to process more than 120,000 tons of recyclables per year. Additionally, residents can add plastics #3-7 and aseptic packaging, such as juice boxes and boxed soup containers, to their list of acceptable recyclable materials.
State and local leaders and citizens attended the grand opening including Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel Vineyard, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and JAX Chamber President Wally Lee.
The Eco Center at the facility is available to teach the importance of reducing waste and to explain what happens to recyclables once they leave homes and businesses. Tours, training and educational opportunities are available to students, professionals and community groups. More information is available at www.republicservices.com.