25 Years Later, Athens’ City of Industry MRF Continues to Pave the Way in Recycling

Materials recovery facilities (MRF) are common in Southern California, but that was not always the case. Until about the mid-1990s, most cities used a mixed-waste collection system, which meant trash and recyclables were collected in one container. Very little, if any, recycling happened beyond newspapers, bottles, and cans exchanged for cash at neighborhood recycling centers.