Nov. 20, 2013

Rumpke has opened a $32 million materials recovery facility in St. Bernard, Ohio and will use the location to serve the Cincinnati area. The facility replaces one that was destroyed by a fire in April 2012. Rumpke Recycling Cincinnati was featured in a MRF of the Month column in the October issue of Resource Recycling.

PepsiCo is expanding a recycling partnership with convenience store chain Kum & Go, bringing the initiative to 47 retail locations in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The program, which funds recycling bins at Kum & Go outlets, launched earlier this year and has led to 6,000 pounds of recyclable materials diverted from landfill.

A survey from the Glass Packaging Institute found that 65 percent of respondents indicated the presence of recycled material in product packaging positively influences their purchasing decisions. The results are based on polling of more than 4,000 "nationally representative" adults ages 18-65.

A recently opened Waste Management MRF in northeastern Colorado will reportedly bring recycling access to 17,500 rural households. The facility, located in the community of Sterling, was partially funded by a grant from the state.

Xinya Paper Group, a Chinese papermaker with 600,000 tons per year output, has been implicated in a corruption case that's seen a government official sentenced to 12 years in prison. The official, Li Xuezhi, was convicted for accepting the equivalent of $49,000 in bribes from Xinya and other entities. The paper company so far has not faced disciplinary action.

Independent hauler and recycling company E.L Harvey & Sons opened a single-stream MRF in central Massachusetts. The 80,000-square-foot facility is permitted to handle up to 600 tons per day, according to a company press release.

Indiana's Franklin College emerged with the highest per capita recycling numbers in the 2013 Gameday Recycling Challenge, a Keep America Beautiful initiative that encourages colleges to compete to see which schools can recycle most effectively at football games. In total, 88 schools participated and 1.46 million pounds of waste were diverted.

Novelis has agreed to sell its North American consumer foil products business to Reynolds Consumer Products for $35 million. Novelis indicated in a press release that the move was made so the company could focus on its other businesses, including aluminum recycling.


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