Rumpke adds cartons to Ohio recyclables

Rumpke adds cartons to Ohio recyclables

By Bobby Elliott, Resource Recycling

Dec. 12, 2013

Bolstered by a new recycling facility in Cincinnati and support from the Carton Council, Rumpke Recycling has announced that it will now accept cartons in its residential and commercial recycling programs in Ohio.

Carton containers accepted for recycling include juice, milk, soy milk, soup, broth, egg substitute and wine cartons. The Carton Council estimates that more than 600,000 households will "now have access [to] carton recycling for the first time," according to a press release.

To help fund the expansion, the Carton Council provided Rumpke $454,525 in grant funding to put toward the purchase of an optical scanner to identify and sort cartons from the recycling stream. All told, Rumpke's recently opened Cincinnati facility can sort more than 100,000 pounds of material per hour, according to the company website.

Residents are being asked to ensure that all cartons are emptied and without caps or straws when they make it to the recycling bin. Jeff Rumpke, vice president of Rumpke, explained to Resource Recycling the company aims to keep things simple for customers while trying to keep contamination down. "While we try to make recycling as easy as possible for our customers, it is important that our customers properly prepare recyclables by completely emptying the containers and removing contaminants such as straws. This helps the material run effectively through the plant and also helps meet the specifications of our end users," Rumpke stated.

Ohio-based Rumpke provides trash and recycling services in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. The company has 10 MRFs in Ohio alone and is in the process of assuming more trash collection duties in the state's Loraine County.

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