Glass makes up 15 percent of what Cincinnatians throw out. Beginning this November, Rumpke will recycle it in a brand new St. Bernard facility that sits on the same site as one that burned down a year ago.
Although Rumpke will also recycle paper, plastics and metals at this facility, a big focus is on glass recycling. Very small, refined recycled glass particles are in big demand by glass container and fiberglass insulation companies.
There are eight steps in the glass recycling process:
The Ohio EPA is holding a public hearing Tuesday night on Rumpke's request to increase the amount of odor neutralizer being used at its Colerain Township site. The new permit would allow the company to use up to 2,741 gallons of the neutralizer mixed with more than 2.7 million gallons of water monthly.
The deodorizer is made from essential plant oils, mainly from fruits and vegetables. It's applied using 200 spray nozzles attached to more than 6,100 feet of hose, 20 industrial fans and mobile spray dispensers
Rumpke says it will build a 32-million dollar recycling center in Saint Bernard to replace its former facility destroyed by fire last year.
In a release the company says the facility will be 85-thousand square feet and will create one of the largest and most technologically advanced residential recycling systems in the U.S. It will be capable of sorting up to 55 tons of material every hour, more than doubling the capabilities of the previous system.
Rumpke estimates the new facility will bring about 100 new jobs to St. Bernard.