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EDCO opens recycling plant capable of processing 100K pounds / hour

City council members Ed Gallo, John Masson and Mayor Sam Abed help EDCO officials cut the ribbon for the new recycling facility.

On Friday, EDCO, in partnership with the City of Escondido, unveiled its new “On the Road to Zero Waste” comingling recycling facility and administrative offices located on Mission Avenue in Escondido.

The 70,000-square foot facility is the newest in the country, and can process 100,000 pounds of commingled recycling every hour. Up to 520 billion pounds of material can be diverted from landfills thanks to this process.

“We are thrilled that through our investment in the newest, state of the art recycling facility in the country, EDCO will continue to support the region in achieving zero waste goals” said Steve South, president and chief executive officer of EDCO. “With the opening of the initial phases of the facility, we have laid the groundwork to create a true resource recovery facility on the road to zero waste.”

The initial phases of the fully permitted Master Facility Plan that opened are the commingled recycling facility and administrative offices, with a mixed-waste processing facility, an anaerobic digester and public education room to follow. “Upon the completion of all phases as well as the existing transfer station and Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) powered collection fleet, ERR will be one of the most innovative facilities of its type,” said EDCO in a statement.

The new recycling center is 70,000 square feet. It can process 100,000 pounds of recycling every hour.

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