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Materials recovery facility (MRF)

Our technology

Our Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) ensures that your waste is positively picked for all recyclable materials, maximising the amount that can be diverted from landfill.

Why choose Averda for materials recovery facility (mrf)

  • Material recovery facility (MRF)

    Averda is one of the few waste companies in South Africa that has its own MRFs, where our trained staff pick general waste from recyclable material to divert waste from landfill.

  • Recycling rebates

    We share the profit we make from sales of reusable materials with our customers, allowing you to save money on the disposal of your waste. We’re able to do this through unique partnerships with key converters and end-users of recyclables.

  • Sorting at source

    We can help you with the necessary training and equipment/tools needed to ensure correct sorting of your recycling from your general waste, at home, or in the workplace.

  • Transport logistics

    We have a large fleet of our own specialised waste collection vehicles. At times we work with our recycling partners to take advantage of their logistics networks too. This allows us to ensure your recycling is collected at a time convenient to you.

How does it work?

Mixed waste arrives at the MRF

Your waste arrives at one of our special sorting facilities where it is weighed on a weighbridge before it is offloaded onto the sorting belt.

Positively picking recyclables

Our team of pickers separate the waste into their various recyclable waste streams - plastic, glass, metal, cardboard and paper.

Baled recycling

Once sorted, the recyclable materials are baled up and sold on to one of our manufacturing partners to be reused.

Remaining waste

The remaining waste that cannot be recycled is then sent to a managed landfill site to be disposed of.

Averda is committed to driving up recycling in South Africa. We send mixed recyclables to our special sorting facilities across the country where plastics, glass, metals and paper are separated and baled for sale onto our partner manufacturers to be remade into new products.

These special sorting facilities are called ‘MRFs’ and as well as being good for the environment by diverting up to 85% of waste from landfill, they also provide safe, sanitary and regular employment for local communities.

How we support you

We support your recycling efforts through the proper training of sorting-at-source recycling, or by providing expertly trained labour to execute the sorting-at-source recycling for you.

We deliver visibility campaigns on your premises to provide education on the different waste streams, and why recycling is so important, to drive a positive culture change that has a big environmental impact.

We help you save money by sharing the rebates with you that we receive from the end-user.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A MRF or Materials Recovery Facility is a solid waste management plant that processes recyclable materials to sell to manufacturers as raw materials for new products. MRFs are generally classified as either “clean” or “dirty”, depending on whether the facility handles materials that are mixed with other municipal waste. MRFs play an important role in reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill, the demand for raw materials, and the pollution associated with the manufacturing of new products.

Yes, Averda South Africa proudly owns and operates two MRF facilities in the Western Cape, as well as Gauteng and plans to open a third MRF shortly.

Once the waste has been sorted, the recyclable materials are melted, shredded, or pulped to prepare them for remanufacture. Glass is often pulverised and melted for use into new glass objects, although some facilities offer bottle reclamation, in which bottles are sterilised for reuse. Shredding is used to prepare plastic, metal and paper for processing, and pulping converts paper products into a slurry that can be made again into paper. In salvaging, a product is stripped of valuable components, such as the removal of lead from car batteries. Processed materials are then shipped to facilities that specialise in using recycled goods for manufacturing.