On May 29, Advance Disposal Company held a grand opening for the new approximately $14 million Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Hesperia. The bigger, faster waste recycling system makes it the most efficient in the High Desert with a 70% diversion rate, with a goal of 80% by 2015 (the state mandated rate is 75% by 2020).
The company began in 1965, when Bob Bath saw a need for trash pick up in Hesperia. He and his wife Donna started the business with two trash trucks. Now, daughter Sheila Bath runs the company.
San Bernardino County District Supervisor Robert Lovingood and Hesperia Mayor Thurston “Smitty” Smith both spoke at the event, and congratulated Bath on her success.She praised the design and construction contractors, calling them the “dream team” of waste management.
The system features an expanded custom-built conveyor system, which sorts objects by shape, size, material properties, and more. Some manual sorting will still be needed.
The new equipment will nearly triple the MRF’s sorting speed and capacity, from 15 tons per hour up to 40 tons per hour and it can be expanded in the future.
Guided tours were given to guests of the grand opening. The massive scale of the machinery and building itself is hard to fathom.
The improvements made are expected to produce a cleaner, safer production of recyclables.
Besides Hesperia, Advance Disposal also serves Oak Hills, Spring Valley Lake and unincorporated parts of Apple Valley.
Advance Disposal is located on Mesa Street in Hesperia.