Northeast Phila. recycling plant unveiled

Posted: April 11, 2011

Officials on Monday celebrated the opening of a sophisticated recycling plant in Northeast Philadelphia that will employ over 70 people once fully staffed and process more than 20,000 tons of discarded materials each month.

Houston, Texas-based Waste Management Inc., spent more than $20 million on the, 60,000-square-foot center on the 5200 block of Bleigh Avenue, which serves the City of Philadelphia and other communities, the company said.

The plant has been ramping up its operations since December and is nearly fully staffed, said company spokesman George McGrath. They waited for a day warm enough to mark completion of the facility and got one on Monday, when officials held an outdoor news conference with Mayor Nutter.

The facility was constructed at the site of a former tool-and-die factory that had been idled for some time, McGrath said.

Magnets, screens and optical scanners at the plant help sort and process newspaper, cardboard, aluminum, glass and plastic discarded by households and collected curbside by sanitation workers.


Contact staff writer Maria Panaritis at 215-854-2431 or mpanaritis@phillynews.com.

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