As part of the fall Master Recycler/Composter class, the new MRCs toured Atomic Recycling, which handles construction and demolition waste. They are able to separate out and recycle an average of 72% of the materials in every dumpster. Atomic's MRF (materials recovery facility) is in north Minneapolis.
It's very dusty in the facility, so most of us wore masks and goggles.
Hosing down the materials as they're dumped to lessen the dust.
One of two sorting lines. Materials such as wood, metals and cardboard are separated into hoppers next to the conveyer belt. Click here for a list of what Atomic can and can't recycle.