Rumpke Recycling’s $32 Million Rebuild Underway

CINCINNATI – Jan.10, 2013 – Ohio’s largest residential recycler, Rumpke, is building a $32 million, 85,000 square foot recycling center in St. Bernard, Ohio, replacing its former facility destroyed by a fire in April 2012.

The project will create one of the largest and most technologically advanced residential recycling systems in the United States, capable of sorting up to 55 tons of material every hour, more than doubling the capabilities of the previous system. In all, the system which has the potential to process up to nearly 15,000 tons of material monthly, will serve more than 4.5 million residents in Cincinnati and beyond. Rumpke expects the site to open in late fall.

“Rumpke is committed to recycling,” said Jeff Rumpke, vice president. “We are making our largest investment to date with this recycling center, ensuring the region has access to the best available recycling technology.”

Like with Rumpke’s previous recycling center, the new plant will use optical sorting technology to identify and separate recyclable materials by type. The new system will sort all the traditional acceptable recyclables including glass bottles and jars, paper, cardboard, aluminum and steel cans and plastic bottles. Cartons or aseptic containers such as juice boxes will also be accepted and processed through a partnership between Rumpke and the US Carton Council.

The operation will also expand commercial glass recycling opportunities for major generators such as bars and restaurants.

“As a leader in recycling, we never rest, we are always out there searching both domestically and internationally to identify new manufacturers that are willing to take and use additional types of materials. This operation is being built with future expansion in mind,” said Steve Sargent, director of Rumpke Recycling. “We are committed to growing the recycling effort.”

Rumpke estimates the new facility will bring about 100 new jobs to St. Bernard, OH. Most jobs will be full time positions, a mix of part time and temporary work will also be available. These totals do not include the hauling operation associated with the recycling division. Rumpke Recycling’s hauling operation employs an additional 100 people.

The processing system will be designed by Machinex, the same company that designed Rumpke’s Columbus, Ohio, Material Recovery Facility which opened last year. Dugan & Meyers Construction is the contractor and Steven Schaefer Associates, Inc. is performing the architectural work.

Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Inc. has been committed to keeping neighborhoods and businesses clean and green since 1932 by providing environmentally friendly waste disposal solutions. Headquartered in Colerain Township, Ohio, Rumpke is one of the nation’s largest privately owned residential and commercial waste and recycling firms, providing service to areas of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia. Rumpke divisions include Rumpke Recycling, Rumpke Portable Restrooms, The William-Thomas Group, Rumpke Hydraulics, Rumpke Haul-it-Away and Rumpke Park. Please visit for more information.


Amanda Pratt
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