Waste Management Inc. has opened a material recovery facility (MRF) in Topeka, Kan., at a cost of $7.5 million.

The Houston-based Waste Management said in a news release that the new facility will recycle newspaper, cardboard, aluminum, glass, plastics and scrap metal. It will serve the Topeka metropolitan area, and other areas in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri. The company expects the MRF to generate 18 to 20 jobs and $4 million in economic activity for the Topeka’s Shawnee County.

The facility is located at Waste Management’s Rolling Meadows Recycling and Disposal Facilities in Topeka.

The MRF will enable the region to increase single-stream recycling services, said Kent Harrell, director of collection operations for Waste Management.