Horacio Rodríguez Larreta inaugurates first dry waste MRF in Buenos Aires

Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Head of the Buenos Aires Government, has inaugurated the city’s first Material Recovery Facility (MRF) for dry waste. the facility is located within the Recycling Centre in the district of Villa Soldati. The MRF has the capacity to recover 10 tonnes of waste per hour and implements a high-performance sorting process, whilst providing excellent conditions for workers.

In addition to having a higher treatment capacity, the MRF is fitted with equipment for the recycling of paper, cardboard, glass metal and plastics. The recovered material is of a higher quality due to the far superior sorting process.


The process is carried out in an automatically fed line. The first stage sees the separation of two and three-dimensional materials. This is followed by ferrous and non-ferrous metals separators, an optical sorter for the separation of plastics, a glass separator, a manual refining area and a baling press.

A total of 8 Green Centres are currently installed in different areas of the city. These centres operate as sorting and logistics facilities. The recyclable material is collected by urban recovery agents from the manual green containers, selective collection points and building consortiums, and taken for processing to the Green Centres. This enables the recovery of materials that can be sold.


The Villa Soldati Recycling Centre also operates as: a PET treatment plant (processing around 2,000 kg per hour); an organic waste treatment plant (with a treatment capacity of between 10 and 20 tonnes per day); a forest and pruning waste treatment plant (which processes an estimated total of 18,000 tonnes per annum); and a construction & demolition waste treatment plant (with capacity to treat 2,400 tonnes of rubble and construction waste per day).