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Waste & Recycling August 04, 2017 02:30:58 PM

Rumpke Unveils Modern Recycling Facility in Indiana

Paul Ploumis
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The $625,000 Medora Recycling Center is partially funded by the Indiana Department of Environment Management (IDEM).
Rumpke Unveils Modern Recycling Facility in Indiana

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): Rumpke Waste & Recycling has unveiled a new recycling facility in Medora, southern Indiana The grand opening ceremony was held at the facility premises at 546 S. County Rd. 870 W in presence of Peggy Dorsey, assistant commissioner of Indiana Department of Environment Management (IDEM); Debbie Hackman, executive director of Jackson County Recycling District and company officials among others.

The $625,000 Medora Recycling Center is partially funded by IDEM. The project has already received a grant of $87,425 from IDEM’s Recycling Market Development Program which funds programs that focus on reuse, reduction and recycling methods that result in increased recyclable material collection and improved partnerships with communities. The balance is being funded by Rumpke.

According to company press release, one side of the 5,540 square-foot facility will be used to collect single-stream recyclables, whereas the other side will collect source-separated old corrugated containers (OCC). The facility will accept recyclables from both residential and commercial customers in the surrounding area. As per estimates, the facility is expected to process approximately 350 tons of recyclables every month. It will start operating with three people, but that number may go up as the facility expands, said Ralph Collins, manager of Medora Recycling Center.

The collected single-stream recyclables will be fed to a manual pre-sort station by using a conveyor line. After removing the contaminants, the materials will be sent to a compaction unit, where they will be compacted into a tractor trailer. The compacted material will then be transported to the company’s single-stream material recovery facility located in Cincinnati for further processing. The OCC collected from commercial customers will also be fed to the pre-sort station. After removal of contaminants, it will be baled using a manual-tie baler and transported to end-users, noted Jonathan Kissell, Rumpke Waste & Recycling communications manager.

The facility is the latest of the company’s investment in recycling. Over the past seven years, Rumpke has invested more than $50 million in recycling.

Headquartered in Colerain Township, Ohio, just outside of Cincinnati, Rumpke is one of the nation’s largest privately owned residential and commercial waste and recycling firms, providing service to areas of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia.

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