Canadian manufacturer Machinex Group has partnered with solid waste management company Renew Bahamas to design and install a MRF on the island – the first of its kind – which took four months to complete.
The plant features innovative sorting and baling technologies, and will be manned on a continuous basis with a staff of about 50 people at any one time.
Jonathan Menard, project director at Machinex, said: “Installing the first state-of-theart MRF in the Caribbean came with a number of challenges. But Machinex and Renew Bahamas demonstrated that the proposed model could work and could be reproduced [on other islands].”
The MRF and associated infrastructure was constructed at a cost of $7m (£4.5m). The 125,000sq ft plant will process up to 80 tonnes per hour of residential and commercial waste that was previously sent to landfill, and is set to showcase the Bahamas as a regional leader in waste management.
Gerhard Beukes, Renew Bahamas president and chief executive, says: “We can now say the Bahamas is an exporter of recyclate materials, which are being sold around the globe.”