Blach Completes World-Class Recycling Facility in San Jose

Blach recently completed the multi-million dollar renovation of an 80,000-square-foot recycling facility at Newby Island in San Jose for Republic Services, one of the country’s largest waste services providers.

Widely believed to be most advanced facility of its kind, the recycling plant uses cutting-edge computer and aerospace technology to process all of the waste and recycled materials from all of San Jose’s commercial businesses and several residential areas, and will do so until at least 2027.  

“We are proud to have assisted in the engineering and reconstruction of such a unique, sustainable project on the cutting edge of recycling technology,” said Tony Mirenda, project executive.  "From the energy-efficient design, construction of electrical motors and gears to an 8,000 ampere electrical substation, this project featured many unique elements.”

Able to process up to 400,000 tons of waste annually, the plant houses the world’s most sophisticated Material Recovery Facility (MRF), with the intent of recycling at least 80 percent of waste material collected  from San Jose businesses.  This processing system gives Republic Services the ability to sort wet and dry waste, organics and recyclables to divert as much material as possible from the landfill.

Blach also assisted its client with the complicated permitting process through the City of San Jose for such elements as a brand new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling system for all of the retrofitted collection trucks as well as the anchorage and exiting planning for 50,000 square-feet of multi-tiered equipment and work platforms.

Blach Construction Company builds structures of enduring quality and value throughout northern and central California.  The company’s experience encompasses a broad cross-section of commercial, industrial and institutional building types, including education, healthcare, technology, life sciences, professional services and civic/community facilities.  Blach is also a recognized leader in sustainable design and construction.  The company is based in the Silicon Valley, with full-service regional offices located in Stockton and Monterey.  

Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012