DAYTON, Ohio—Nov. 12, 2014—Ten years ago, Rumpke Recycling opened a unique facility in Dayton that has been key to keeping more than 190,000 tons of glass out of landfills.
The glass processing center makes it possible for people throughout the region to recycle their glass bottles and jars. There are only a handful of similar sites throughout the country. Glass collected from homes, restaurants, bars and other businesses across Ohio and surrounding states is processed at the E. Monument Avenue facility.
In the first year, 8,400 tons of broken and mixed glass bottles and jars were cleaned and crushed into a finely ground mixture for manufacturing fiberglass insulation. In 2011, Rumpke invested more than $4 million to upgrade the plant with new technology and equipment to begin providing clear and amber cullet to bottle manufacturers. Today, the plant processes 48,000 tons of glass annually, with capability to do even more.
“New technology is continuing to be developed to assist in reducing the cost of transportation, contamination and processing,” said Recycling Director Steve Sargent. “Although these challenges remain, Rumpke feels there is a positive future for glass recycling."
Rumpke Recycling’s Dayton facility also processes a mixed stream of recyclables including plastic bottles and jugs, aluminum and metal cans, cardboard, paper and cartons. The company employs more than 200 people locally and is a DRG3 Green Certified Business.
Rumpke’s 10 recycling plants throughout the region process 350,000 tons of recycling per year, combined. The company has invested $50 million in recycling in recent years.
Rumpke Waste and Recycling has been committed to keeping neighborhoods and businesses clean and green since 1932 by providing environmentally friendly waste disposal solutions. Rumpke is one of the nation’s largest privately owned residential and commercial waste and recycling firms, providing service to areas of Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. Rumpke divisions include Rumpke Recycling, The William-Thomas Group and Rumpke Hydraulics. For more information, visit www.rumpke.com.