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Rumpke, Ohio EPA and Hamilton County Grow Glass Recycling and Economy

ST. BERNARD, Ohio-- (April 22, 2013) – Rumpke’s new Cincinnati Recycling Center will feature a revolutionary glass recovery system thanks in part to a $250,000 grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Hamilton County Solid Waste District.

With 10 recycling centers, Rumpke has become Ohio’s recycling leader and this glass recycling effort is another option designed to spur recycling growth. “This partnership ensures that when a resident recycles a glass bottle the result is economic growth, new jobs and new products, and overall, far-reaching environmental benefits,” said Jeff Rumpke, Vice President, Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Inc.

The grant finances equipment necessary to screen, clean and sort glass at Rumpke’s new recycling center. The prepared material will be transported to Rumpke’s Dayton, Ohio facility for further processing. The processed glass is then shipped to Owens-Illinois and Johns Manville to create glass containers and home insulation.

“Today’s grant will help save landfill space and provide Ohio manufacturers with a necessary raw ingredient,” Ohio EPA Director Scott Nally said at an Earth Day Event at Rumpke Recycling Cincinnati in St. Bernard. “Ohio’s glass makers estimate they could use an additional 165,000 to 185,000 tons of cullet each year. Because 90 percent of Ohio’s post-consumer glass ends up in landfills, we saw an opportunity for the state to help harvest a raw material from what would have been a waste stream.”

In addition to securing recycling growth, the grant also helps create jobs. More than 100 employees will be connected to the glass recycling effort at Rumpke’s St. Bernard facility. Several hundred more jobs are creating at Rumpke’s Dayton facility and through the glass manufacturing process.

Rumpke first invested in glass recycling in 2004 with the construction of its own, one-of-a-kind, glass processing facility in Dayton. With a $500,000 Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant, Rumpke completed a $4 million upgrade of the facility in 2011 to further invest in enhanced glass recycling technology.

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, just outside of Cincinnati, 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.

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