Field Trip: Athens Services Plant

Posted by on June 11, 2016

Where We Went

Athens Services Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Sun Valley, California

What They Do

Separate waste from locations across Southern California. Municipal solid waste (MSW) collected from multi-family, single family, and commercial properties is shipped here to be sorted and bundled by type. The facility expects to be LEED-certified soon.

What Surprised Us

It wasn’t as loud and didn’t smell as bad as we expected. And this: One of our tour guides told us they’ve found some unexpected items in the sorting process, including a live boa constrictor.

How This Relates to Climate Change

We save energy and resources by recovering and reusing valuable materials that ordinarily end up in the trash.