2023-06-14 20:43News

Service Meets Innovation at Charlestown MRF

Casella's Austin McKnight, Bob Cappadona, and CEO John Casella, along with Machinex Technologies CEO Chris Hawn at the ribbon cutting of the newly renovated Charlestown, Massachusetts materials recovery facility (MRF).

Casella officially opened the doors of its newly renovated Charlestown, Massachusetts material recovery facility (MRF) with nearly 100 guests in attendance on Friday, June 9, 2023. The facility upgrade is complete with state-of-the-art equipment aimed to help increase throughput, improve end-product quality, and enhance safety.


Casella’s Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Charlestown, MA is the largest on the East Coast and one of the largest in the world. The facility currently processes more than 180,000 tons of recyclables annually and is in the process of a complete retrofit, implementing the most current state-of-the-art technologies. The upgrades will result in the company’s ability to process up to 240,000 tons of material and provide best-in-class operations for its customers.

The upgrades represent Casella’s largest investment of this kind to date and come on the heels of more than $30 million in investments in its Resource Solutions operations over the past two years.


Cutting-edge technology upgrades as part of the retrofit include:

  • 50 tons per hour (TPH) capacity
  • Six optical sorters for cleaning fiber
  • Two scalping screens to manage tonnage to primary fiber
  • Two ballistic separators  used in finishing position
  • Three optical sorters on the container line
  • Robotics technology for quality control
  • Artificial Intelligence for reporting
  • Aspiration points for film removal
  • Glass processing system


About Casella Waste Systems, Inc.

Casella Waste Systems, Inc., headquartered in Rutland, Vermont, is the Northeast’s largest recycler and most experienced fully integrated resource management company. Founded in 1975 as a single truck collection service, Casella has grown its operations to provide solid waste collection and disposal, transfer, recycling, and organics services to more than 900,000 residential, commercial, municipal, institutional, and industrial customers throughout the Northeast, and professional resource management services to over 10,000 customer locations in more than 40 states.


Jeff Weld
Vice President of Communications
Jeff Weld