World's Most Advanced Recycling Plant
Blach completed the renovation of an 80,000 s.f. recycling facility at Newby Island in Milpitas for Republic Services, one of the country's largest waste services providers, in the summer of 2012.
The building houses the world’s most sophisticated Material Recovery Facility (MRF), with the intent of recycling at least 80% of waste material collected from San Jose businesses. The recycling plant can process up to 420,000 tons of waste annually.
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.
Using advanced computer and aerospace technology, this plant will process all of the trash and recycled materials from all of San Jose’s commercial businesses as well as several residential areas until at least 2027.
Blach also assisted its client with the complicated permitting process through the City of San Jose for such elements as a brand new CNG fueling system for all of the retrofitted collection trucks as well as the anchorage and exiting planning for 50,000 s.f. of multi-tiered equipment and work platforms.
In addition, Blach provided program and construction management services for Republic Services’ out-of-state vendors and contractors.
By 2015, solar and wind power sources will be installed and operational at the site, further reducing the facility’s environmental impact. In addition, the plant takes advantage of the methane gas produced through its operations by converting it into clean fuel through gas-to-energy conversion equipment, making it available to residential and business customers.