Southfield recycle center closed by fire to reopen

Lauren Abdel-Razzaq
The Detroit News

A Southfield recycling center that caught fire and burned down in 2014 will be rebuilt and reopen by the start of next year.

The nearly 50,000-square-foot Southfield Materials Recovery Facility was mostly consumed by a fire in May 2014. The facility on Eight Mile has been undergoing repairs and reconstruction for the last eight months, according to ReCommunity, a Charlotte, North Carolina-based recycling company handling the renovations.

In addition to working on the main building, ReCommunity has ordered the necessary equipment to process collected recyclables.

Before it was closed, the facility was run by the Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County, which helps manage resource recovery for a consortium of seven communities in Oakland County. The authority has raised the money to renovate the building and is working with ReCommunity to reopen it in early 2016.

“We have worked for several months to ensure that our co-investment with ReCommunity will restore jobs to the region, as well as help develop local buyers for the recovered commodities we will generate,” said Mike Csapo, general manager of Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County. “This is a great example of how a public-private partnership can lead to enhanced community benefits for our local cities and the region.”

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