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February 10, 2017

FCC Environmental opens Dallas MRF

FCC Environmental Services, the Dallas-based U.S. subsidiary of the Madrid-based global environmental services company FCC, has announced the opening of a single-stream material recovery facility (MRF) in Dallas.

During the last two weeks of December 2016, the MRF located on the McCommas Bluff Landfill site in southern Dallas processed more than 1,000 tons of single-stream recyclables from the city. The performance test, carried out in the presence of city representatives, met and exceeded expectations, the company says.

FCC Environmental says it will operate the plant for 15 years, with a possible extension for a further 10 years.

FCC officially commenced operations at the plant Jan. 2, 2017, receiving single-stream material from the city of Dallas as well as from the city of University Park, Texas, which awarded FCC a five-year service contract for the treatment and marketing of all the city recyclables in November 2016.

The turnover volume for the MRF will be $300 million over the course of its lifetime, the company says. Materials placed in mixed recycling containers by Dallas residents will be sorted into different categories, such as paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and metals.

The contract to build and operate a plant to manage all of the recyclables in the Texas city was awarded to FCC in November 2015.

Construction on the MRF began at the start of 2016. The facility’s design was based on helping the city of Dallas meet its goals to increase waste diversion to 40 percent by 2020; to 60 percent by 2030; and to 80 percent, or “zero waste,” by 2040, FCC says.

Lakeshore Recycling Systems acquires Chicago-area recycling firm

Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS), a recycling and waste management firm located in the Chicago area, has acquired K. Hoving Cos., a full-service waste management, recycling and dumpster rental company based in West Chicago, Illinois.

LRS says the acquisition makes it Illinois’ largest private waste company and expands its services to include street sweeping and portable restrooms.

“This milestone acquisition strengthens the LRS operations and service footprint in DuPage County and positions us well for continued growth in the competitive Chicagoland waste and recycling market,” says Alan Handley, LRS CEO. “LRS and K. Hoving employees are passionate about fostering innovative solutions that fuel the circular economy, and I personally welcome all K. Hoving employees and customers to the Lakeshore Recycling family.”

Both LRS and K. Hoving Cos. have a zero-landfill policy. Ken Hoving and K.J. Loerop, K. Hoving Cos.’ founding executives, will lead the LRS Temporary Services Division, with Loerop serving as the division’s new vice president. The Temporary Services Division will serve individuals and companies seeking roll-off services, portable toilets, on-site storage and street or job site sweeping.

With the addition of K. Hoving Cos., LRS now operates seven material recovery facilities (MRFs) throughout the Midwest. The acquisition also increases the company’s annual revenue to nearly $170 million and its workforce to more than 720 full-time employees. The combined companies will now control nearly 20 percent of Chicagoland roll-off market, and the amount of inbound waste under its control increases to nearly 2.2 million tons per year.