Seven members of the Kentucky Division of Waste Management’s Recycling and Local Assistance (RLA) Branch toured the new and improved Rumpke Material Recovery Facility in St. Bernard, Ohio, on January 30. Gary Logsdon, Chris Craig, Tom Heil,Melinda Meredith, Lisa Butler, Lynn True and Shannon Powers were able to see the advancements made by Rumpke in constructing and operating this facility after the company’s prior facility had been destroyed by a two alarm fire in 2012.
Ground for the new facility was broken in early 2013, and the facility, one of the largest and most technologically advanced in North America, was reopened in September of that year. Rumpke hosted the facility’s open house on November 15, America Recycles Day.
Outfitted with the latest in Machinex optical sorting technology, the center services more than 200,000 homes and businesses throughout the Greater Cincinnati area including the Kentucky counties of Boone, Kenton and Campbell. These three counties, working together as the Northern Kentucky Solid Waste Management Area, have received several Kentucky Pride Fund grants from the branch.
“It is amazing to see the amount of materials that go through the center from the trucks leaving loads on the tipping floor to the amount of baled materials ready for trucks to ship to vendors,” said Logsdon, branch manager of RLA. “The human element of the process is remarkable as the sorters remove unwanted materials from the recycling streams before and while the optical sorting machines are in action.”
RLA provides Kentucky’s political subdivisions of the state (i.e., counties, cities and universities) with the opportunity for grant money to start a recycling program and to build that program’s infrastructure. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2014 Kentucky Pride recycling and household hazardous waste grants until April 1. For more information on the grants offered or the applications, visit RLA’s website or contact Ricky Solomon at Ricky.Solomon@ky.gov.