Rumpke Unveils New Medora Recycling Center

Recycling Opportunities Expand for Residents and Businesses of Southern Indiana

MEDORA, Indiana -- Aug. 2, 2017 -- Rumpke Recycling unveils its new Medora Recycling Center during a grand opening ceremony, Wednesday, Aug. 2, in Medora, Indiana.

Located at 546 S. County Rd. 870 W., the Medora Recycling Center features a 5,540 square foot concrete pad with an enclosure to protect a recycling baler and collected recycling material. 

The project was partially supported by an $87,425 grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s (IDEM’s) Recycling Market Development Program. Rumpke funded the remaining balance of the $625,000 project.

Recyclables will come from residential and commercial customers in the surrounding area. The new center allows for single stream recycling, where residents mix all recyclables into a single container, and a single truck collects the items. It is one of most innovative single stream recycling systems in rural Indiana.

“The Medora Recycling Center will allow Rumpke to expand its curbside and business recycling programs and improve accessibility to recycling throughout southern Indiana,” said Steve Sargent, Rumpke director of recycling. “We’ve already had hundreds of residents and businesses start recycling, and that number continues to grow. This represents an excellent public-private partnership to improve recycling.”

Some recyclables will be transported from Medora directly to manufacturers to create new products, while Rumpke will transport remaining items to its regional recycling facility in Cincinnati for processing.

Rumpke employs 40 people at its Medora District, including drivers, mechanics, equipment operators, laborers, office personnel, and managers/supervisors. The Medora District includes a landfill, recycling center, hauling operation and maintenance garage. Rumpke owns and operates 10 recycling facilities, and the company recycled more than 1 billion pounds of material in 2016. In the past six years, Rumpke has invested more than $50 million in recycling infrastructure throughout the Midwest.

About Rumpke Waste & Recycling
Rumpke has been committed to keeping neighborhoods and businesses clean and green since 1932 by providing environmentally friendly waste disposal solutions. With a regional operation in Medora, Rumpke is one of the nation’s largest privately owned residential and commercial waste and recycling firms, providing service to areas of Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. Rumpke divisions include Rumpke Recycling, Rumpke Portable Restrooms, The William-Thomas Group and Rumpke Hydraulics. Please visit for more information.

About IDEM and the Recycling Market Development Program
The Recycling Market Development Program was established in the early 1990s to better manage solid waste by developing markets for recycling. Municipalities, non-profit organizations and public and private businesses located and doing business in Indiana are eligible to apply for funding. Eligible candidates may seek a grant starting at $1,000 and up to $500,000, with a 50 percent required match.

IDEM ( implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids businesses and citizens in protecting Hoosiers and our environment.

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