MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery's recycling facility opened last spring and officials are now looking to expand and convert even more trash.
Right now, Infinitus Renewable Energy Park, or IREP, diverts nearly 60 percent of Montgomery residents' waste from the city landfill, and all residents have to do is throw their garbage in the green can.
"We literally will take all of the post consumer solid waste and sort all of the various stream into commodities and at that point it's bailed and sent right back to the then users," said Daniel Carlisle, IREP facilities operations manager.
This is just the first phase in the recycling process. The company is looking to take more steps like converting the trash into a type of fuel, which would result in recycling 75 percent of waste.
"We would process the solid waste. Portions would go back into commodities market, portions would be converted to CNG or it could be converted into an engineered solid fuel," Carlisle said.
If compressed natural gas is developed through the recycling facility, it could power fleets, such as Montgomery's sanitation trucks.
It is still a ways away and the mayor says the city will have to wait and see before converting the trucks because it would be expensive to change.
Due to the recycling plant, the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama awarded the city and IREP the "2015 Alabama Innovation Award for Outstanding Public Private Partnership."
The city is being recognized as one of the state's top innovators in the areas of job creation and technology that solves local and global needs.
The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama says the city and Infinitus Energy were awarded the 2015 Alabama Innovation Award for their outstanding public private partnership.
Officials with the city say the recycling facility has created more than 100 local jobs and is able to divert more than 60 percent of residents' waste from the landfill.
The technology is a first and separates up to 95 percent of available recyclables at a rate of 30 tons per hour.
"They get the benefit of extending the life of the landfill and all the future technologies that come," Carlisle said. "Being the psuedo first of it's kind here, you get all the benefits that come with it. people want to follow the Jones' right? There will be a lot of technology advancements here in Montgomery for testing purposes."