Tour: Recycling with Mr. Murph

The Tulsa Recycle and Transfer (TRT) plant was the scene of the May meeting.  TRT is the home of the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) or "Mr. Murph." 

The nickname Murph comes from the name Material Recovery Facility (MRF) - and subsequently what Tulsa Recycle and Transfer calls their new facility.

Mr. Murph was specifically designed to reclaim recyclables by sorting through the entire waste stream and reduce the impact of trash on the overall environment. TRT is happy to say…he’s the very first of his kind in Oklahoma.

A key part of what makes Mr. Murph so special is his automation. The recovery process starts when trash is dumped onto his conveyor belts and then taken through a series of manual and mechanical stages that separate valuable recyclables from residual material.

Products, such as metal, plastic, paper and cardboard, are then bailed and transferred to be recycled and reused to make products and energy. The rest is taken to the landfill for disposal. But the story doesn’t end there… Once the residual is placed into the landfill it begins decomposing which creates methane gas. The gas is collected and used to create electricity.

TRT believes Mr. Murph is one of the most innovative machines created to tackle our growing waste problems. TRT knows by recycling valuable materials and reusing them in the manufacturing process, they’re creating a cleaner environment for Tulsa for generations to come.

Some frequently asked Mr. Murph questions:

1.  How is Mr. Murph different from traditional recycling?

It’s all about the automation. Technology advances allow us to separate valuable recyclables in stages with the use of conveyor belts, high powered magnets and some other really cool mechanical devices. We’ve gone from a 15% recovery rate through manual sorting to up to 60% with our automated Mr. Murph. Talk about progress!!

2.  How does Mr. Murph benefit families and businesses?

Mr. Murph makes recycling easier for families and businesses. Instead of separating recyclables, people can rest assured TRT is working hard to sort valuable items from their waste and creating new products and energy. So Mr. Murph is recycling even when you can’t. That’s why it is so important that your business use a collection company that takes your trash to Mr. Murph. Otherwise all those recyclables just get buried in a landfill.

3.  How does Mr. Murph benefit the community?

Recycling moves waste away from our landfill and even helps reduce the number of pollutants.  Did you know…for every one ton of paper that is recycled, we save 15 trees from being chopped down?  Pretty cool, huh? Here’s another fun fact: the energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can light a bulb for 4 hours! Now, there’s a bright idea!

Tom Hill with American Waste Control gave us a presentation during lunch and pointed out the benefits of recycling.  From a company's waste costs standpoint, the more you recycle, the less you are going to pay for trash because there is no cost to haul off recycled items.  

Thanks to one our newest IFMA Tulsa member, Tom Hill, for hosting the chapter and getting us fired up about recycling.

Below are some pictures of Mr Murph and some shots of the recycling efforts.