SEATTLE (Waste Advantage): Rumpke Waste & Recycling opened its much anticipated $14.3 million Monroe County Resource Recovery Facility in Bloomington, Indiana during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, May 16. The 25,000 square foot site serves as a recycling and waste transfer facility, accepting recyclables and waste from residential, commercial and institutional sources. Waste will be unloaded from collection trucks and reloaded into tractor trailers for same day transport to Rumpke’s landfill in Jackson County, Indiana. Recyclables will be processed and transported to Indiana manufacturers or to Rumpke’s state-of-the-art recycling facilities for further processing.
“Rumpke is committed to providing enhanced recycling and disposal options for residents and businesses in Monroe County and the surrounding region, and this facility is an important part of that mission,” said Eric Curtis, region vice president for Rumpke. “When planning for this project, we recognized a critical need for increased recycling in South Central Indiana. Rumpke’s Monroe County Resource Recovery Facility is a vital component of the infrastructure needed to ensure communities have access to innovative, long-term recycling and disposal options for years to come.”
The enclosed facility features a modern design with a large tipping floor to receive municipal solid waste on one side and recyclables on the other. Recyclables will be processed by a Machinex baler partially supported by a $366,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s Recycling Market Development Program.
Rumpke will accept a variety of recyclable materials, including mixed recycling from residential sources as well as large quantities of separated cardboard, plastics and glass from commercial and industrial entities. “We have a tremendous network of end users – many of which are right here in Indiana – that are searching for more material, especially glass,” said Curtis. “We believe this facility will provide Monroe County and the surrounding region with needed capacity to recover even more material from the waste stream.”
In addition to materials collected by Rumpke’s hauling operations, the facility will also be available to third-party waste haulers, municipal crews and institutions performing their own collection. The site also includes a separate building with a maintenance garage and office space to house sales, operations and administrative employees. Initially, twenty-five Rumpke employees will work at the location.
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