Rumpke Invests $32M to Rebuild Former St. Bernard Recycling Center
By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor
Rumpke Consolidated Cos., one of the nation’s largest privately owned residential and commercial waste and recycling firms, on Jan. 10 announced it plans to invest $32 million to build a recycling center in St. Bernard, Ohio. The new center will replace the former facility, destroyed by a fire in April 2012.
Rumpke will build one of the largest and most technologically advanced residential recycling systems in the country. It will be 85,000 square feet and capable of sorting 55 tons of material every hour, more than doubling the capabilities of the previous system.
The new plant will use optical sorting technology to identify and separate recyclable materials by type. It will sort all the traditional acceptable recyclables, including glass bottles and jars, paper, cardboard, aluminum and steel cans, and plastic bottles.
“Rumpke is committed to recycling,” said Jeff Rumpke, company vice president, in a news release. “We are making our largest investment to date with this recycling center, ensuring the region has access to the best available recycling technology.”
Expected to open in late fall, the system will be able to process nearly 15,000 tons of material each month and will serve more than 4.5 million residents in Cincinnati and beyond. It will provide about 100 new jobs, most of them full time. Rumpke Recycling’s hauling operation employs an additional 100 people.
Dugan & Meyers Construction is the contractor and Steven Schaefer Associates Inc. the project’s architect. Machinex will design the processing system.
Rumpke Consolidated is headquartered in Colerain Township, Ohio. The family-owned company was created in 1932 and provides services to areas of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia. “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 company director Steve Sargent. “We are committed to growing the recycling effort.”
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