It’s on the radio, television, web and in the papers. Rumpke’s Cincinnati Recycling Center caught fire at around 5:30 p.m. on April 10. Material outside the facility ignited, and high winds quickly moved flames to the interior of the processing building. Fortunately, employees safely evacuated. Rumpke’s service continues without interruption, but with the Cincinnati processing center badly damaged and reconstruction expected to take months, many customers might be wondering how is Rumpke really recycling?
Rest assured Rumpke is recycling your materials. At the scene of the fire, just moments after firefighters arrived, Rumpke management and team members quickly devised a plan to ensure uninterrupted customer service. Rumpke’s plan involves adjustments for Rumpke dispatchers, drivers, safety professionals, scale house operators, information technology experts and site managers. However, customers will notice no changes at the curb. 1. Recycling trucks are being re-routed. Those picking up recycling in the northern areas of the Greater Cincinnati region are transporting the materials to Rumpke Recycling in Dayton, Ohio.
2. Most of the other materials picked up throughout the rest of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky will be transported to non-disposal area of Rumpke Sanitary Landfill. No we are not putting the recyclables in the landfill! We are moving them from the smaller collection trucks to larger tractor trailers to efficiently haul them to regional recycling facilities like Rumpke Recycling in Columbus, Ohio.
3. Rumpke’s recycling operations were insured as well as related expenses. The price of recycling service will not be impacted by this incident.
Rumpke is continuing to explore a variety of options to ensure this process is completed using the best means possible. As adjustments are made, we will communicate them to our customers.
Throughout this challenging time, we can’t thank our customers enough for their support. We also wish to express our heartfelt appreciation to the 15 fire departments that responded so quickly and assisted in the safe extinguishment of the fire.
The fire was tragic, but over the years Rumpke, like many other business has encountered its share of hardships, and just like we’ve done before, we will recover better and stronger. We’ve been recycling since our company began and nothing will ever change our commitment to preserving the environment for generations to come. After all, that’s why customers count on us and we’re not going to let them down.
Learn more about Rumpke Recycling’s other recycling sites.
Rumpke Recycling & Glass Processing in Dayton, Ohio
Rumpke Recycling Columbus, Ohio
About the author: Amanda Pratt is the director of corporate communications at Rumpke.