MURF?, MURPH?, MIRF? No, it’s a MRF – A Material Recovery Facility. Since its grand opening in November 2011, the Pratt Industries’ MRF in Denton, Texas has had hundreds of students visit the facility to learn about recycling in a fun and interactive way.
An impressive operation in its own right, Denton’s MRF makes the recycling learning experience more appealing to kids with a special appearance from “Rex” the dinosaur. The children not only learn about what items are recycled in the facility, but also how the landfill that is right next door doesn’t need to grow in size with items that are recyclable. Denton does a great job conveying an important message to the next generation of environmental stewards: as long as everyone does their part, recycling can grow, and the environment can be preserved.
John Dunlap, Plant Manager, states, “Due to our partnership with the City of Denton, we have experienced great growth and success very quickly. The City of Denton Municipality has an excellent marketing arm that promotes the Pratt MRF. They educate the City of Denton population as well as neighboring communities, and they reach out to businesses that have decision makers that can make a difference with Pratt’s business.”
John is the youngest Plant Manager within Pratt Industries, but his age is irrelevant with the professionalism that is shown to all who visit and work at the facility. John has a long history of being involved in recycling that started with his grandfather and continues today with his dad, Gary Dunlap, also a Pratt employee.
The Pratt employees at the MRF in Denton, TX ensure that visitors, both young and old, leave the facility understanding how recycling works and the positive impact that it has in our world’s sustainability.
About Pratt Recycling
Pratt Recycling is a subsidiary of Pratt Industries, the 5th largest corrugated packaging company in the USA and the world’s largest, privately-held 100% recycled paper and packaging company. Pratt Recycling Division is a full service recycler with 13 recycling facilities. Pratt utilizes the paper products collected in the production of its 100% recycled content paper and packaging solutions. Our mission is to create sustainable recycling solutions for our customers that maximize waste diversion, create cost savings and revenue stream for valuable recyclables previously landfilled, all the while minimizing the environmental impact by preserving natural resources for future generations.