Republic allowed to build contested MRF

Republic allowed to build contested MRF

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

MAY 16, 2014

With a lawsuit now in the rearview mirror, Republic Services is moving ahead with plans to build a recycling center in Sonoma County, California.

The publicly traded waste and recycling giant gained the approval of Sonoma County's board of supervisors Tuesday to commence with the building of a materials recovery facility on the grounds of a landfill in Petaluma, California.  Republic will construct the MRF over the course of the next two years.

The deal was contingent upon a new 20-year landfill contract with the county worth almost $550 million – a point neighbors of the site reportedly opposed in the form of a lawsuit. A lawyer representing the community told The Press Democrat an agreement had been reached that was "beneficial to both sides," effectively clearing way for the county to give Republic the green light to build its MRF.

By 2015 Sonoma County would like to divert at least 80 percent of its waste from area landfills, with a 100 percent diversion rate goal set for sometime in the next 50 years

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