Recyclables Handling and Recovery Facilities
Recyclables handling and recovery facilities (RHRFs) receive recyclables that have been separated from the waste stream for further separation or processing. RHRFs serve as a processing link for many municipalities and businesses to allow them to get their materials into the recycling system.
If putrescible material or other solid waste is received at the facility, the facility must comply with the Transfer Station requirements of 6 NYCRR Subpart 360-11. Facilities which separate recyclables from construction and demolition debris are considered construction and demolition debris processing facilities subject to the requirements of 6 NYCRR Subpart 360-16.
Recyclables handling and recovery facility means a solid waste processing facility, other than collection and transfer vehicles, at which nonputrescible recyclables are separated from the solid waste stream or at which previously separated nonputrescible recyclables are processed.
Recyclable means solid waste that exhibits the potential to be used repeatedly.
Recover means any act or process by which recyclables or reusables are separated from the solid waste stream.
Recycle means to use recyclables in manufacturing a product.
Recyclables Handling and Recovery Facilities in New York State
As of May 2012, there are approximately 38 permitted and 274 registered RHRFs in New York State. These facilities can be as large as automated Materials Recovery Facilities that handle more than 100,000 tons per year of recyclables, or they can be very small, such as recyclables drop-off sites for residents in rural communities.
Facilities that may handle recyclables but are not considered RHRFs:
- Returnable beverage container redemption operations which are regulated under 6 NYCRR Part 367.
- Buy-back center that purchases source separated, nonputrescible, recyclables from the public and accepts no other solid waste materials.
- Waste tire retreaders and the processing of waste tires for energy recovery on-site - regulated under 6 NYCRR paragraph 360-13.1(d)(1).
- Manufacturing facilities, which accept a single general type of source separated, nonputrescible recyclable, and which produce, through physical or chemical transformation of the material, a marketable product that is then leased, sold, used by a manufacturer or offered for sale or offered for promotional purposes to a consumer as a product and is not disposed of by the manufacturer. Manufacturing facilities which store or process more than one type of recyclable may be exempt if the department has issued an exemption in writing to the owner or operator of the facility. The owner or operator of the facility must submit a written request for an exemption to the department with details of the facility's operations. The department shall determine whether or not the facility is a manufacturing facility which is exempt from solid waste regulation.
- An intermediate processor provided all solid waste handled at the facility is sent for recycling or disposed of appropriately. An intermediate processor means any person who receives separated recyclables only from registered recyclables handling and recovery facilities within New York State or facilities otherwise acceptable to the department if located outside of New York State, and then markets same to other intermediate processors, brokers or manufacturers.