DEM-CON MATERIALS RECOVERY IS A SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING FACILITY THAT ACCEPTS RECYCLABLE MATERIALS GENERATED FROM COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL SOURCES.
SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING INCREASES RECYCLING AND MAKES RECYCLING MORE CONVENIENT.
Below is a list of Acceptable & Unacceptable Materials.
Brown grocery bags
Beer & Soda cases
Cake & snack boxes
Office / School Paper (all colors)
Newspaper & Inserts
Telephone books and other soft cover books
Pizza delivery boxes
Plastic Containers #1 & #2
Plastics #3-#7 with a screw top
Yogurt tubs, butter tubs, etc.
Metals & Glass
Empty aerosol cans (non-toxic & no caps)
Metal Household Items (cooking pots & pans)
Steel Food Cans
Tin & Other Household Metals
Glass Containers that contained food or beverage product
All colored Glass (brown, green and clear)
Compostable plastics (#7 PLA)
Electronic waste (batteries, phones, etc.)
Food Waste / Organic material
Glass bakeware / cookware (Pyrex)
Hazardous chemical containers
Paper products with food residue
Plastic bags and film
Plastic food wraps
Waxed cardboard and paper
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Dem-Con Materials Recovery Facility
Dem-Con Recovery & Recycling was established in 1999 as one of the first facilities in the Twin Cities to recycle mixed construction debris. Through our growth in the construction and demolition industry our knowledge and capabilities grew and we began to process many types of materials at our facility. To continue to grow and meet the needs of our customers, single-stream recycling was a natural fit for our environmental campus.
Dem-Con Materials Recovery accepts recyclable materials generated from commercial and residential sources. We partnered with Liberty Paper who has end market expertise and experience moving materials through various markets. LPI's expertise partnered with Dem-Con's operations experience created a unique opportunity to provide recycling services to the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota.
Dem-Con is excited to offer this service and help our communities recycle more. As our population grows and our customers needs change, we will continually look for new ways to educate, innovate, and recycle.
70,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art processing facility located conveniently off HWY 169 in Shakopee with quick truck access to tipping floor.
20 TONS per hour of source separated materials.
20 TONS per hour of commingled household and commercial recyclables.
Dem-Con Materials Recovery Facility Education Center
We feel strong about educating people on the process, benefits and capabilites of the MRF - both young and old.
Our classroom uses a visual map of the MRF as well as tablets to learn and interact with the MRF.
The “Sort It Out” station allows visitors to get a hands on experience with different materials the MRF can handle. This allows people to understand what materials are and are not acceptable at the MRF.
Learn & Interact with technology and real commodities to know more about our MRF and its capabilities.
In late March, the Carton Council of North America joined forces with Alpine Waste & Recycling and AMP Robotics to test the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the recycling of food and beverage cartons via a robot called AMP Cortex at Alpine Waste & Recycling’s Denver facility. And now, the Carton Council of North America and AMP Robotics have announced that a second installation of the AMP Cortex robot has been installed at Dem-Con Companies’ Minnesota facility.
Recyclable materials zip along a conveyor belt in Shakopee as workers scramble to grab what doesn’t belong: Plastic bags, shredded paper, clothes hangers, a giant poster of Garfield.
It’s all evidence of “wish-cycling,” the well-intended pitching of trash into the big blue single-sort recycling bins in hopes that it can, somehow, be recycled. But those unwanted items are a headache for recyclers, who are left with gummed-up sorting machines, less valuable recyclables and a pile of trash.
Dem-Con Cos. President Bill Keegan recently had an eye-opening experience during a Minnesotan city council meeting about a specific landfill. When residents who opposed the landfill were asked where they believed their garbage ended up, one woman replied, “It goes to the curb.”
Keegan says that was a pivotal moment for him. “[Her response] summarizes what most people think of the waste and recycling industry,” Keegan says. “Their knowledge ends at the curb.”