ECUA Shuts Down Recycling Center, Awaiting Repair Parts

June 17, 2022

The ECUA Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) is closed following the failure of an essential piece of equipment.

This equipment, the second of two aging conveyor belts, was slated for replacement in this fiscal year. The ECUA Board approved the $82,000 purchase of two new replacement belts at its February 2022 meeting.

But the existing equipment did not outlast the supply chain delays that are affecting so many businesses across the country. The conveyor belts are critical parts of the infeed system to the MRF and the facility cannot operate without them.

“We are continuing normal recycling collection, which is a free opt-in service with residential sanitation accounts, and urge our customers to keep in a positive recycling habit,” said Nathalie Bowers, ECUA public information officer.

“ECUA maintenance crews will take advantage of this downtime to make repairs and perform maintenance work on equipment that generally requires a facility shutdown, as well as prepare for the installation of the new belts, to ensure the restoration of MRF operations as quickly as possible. The most current delivery date information we have for the belts is early August so at this time, we anticipate resuming operations in mid-August,” Bowers said. file photos, click to enlarge.


4 Responses to “ECUA Shuts Down Recycling Center, Awaiting Repair Parts”

  1. Dale on June 19th, 2022 9:18 am

    Is there anywhere else to take recyclables? I’d drop them off if I knew where.

  2. M in Bratt on June 18th, 2022 5:58 pm

    Meanwhile they keep running a regular garbage truck, and a recycling truck on each route, with all that is picked up going to the same pit. Give your equipment and employees a break and park the recycling trucks until the plant comes back on line. This move would have to save the ratepayers money in maintenance alone

  3. Ted Frederickson on June 18th, 2022 2:56 am

    so true, already have 2.50 monthly fee on bill that is ear marked for the mrf. where does all that money go
    approximately 175000 customers at 2.50 a month, where does all this go

  4. Trina on June 17th, 2022 5:27 pm

    One more reason for our overall bill to go up

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