Will a $6 million recycling complex stunt Mt. Rumpke’s growth?
CINCINNATI — “As Rumpke Recycling spokeswoman Molly Yeager leads a tour through the company’s Material Recovery Facility, or MRF, on Vine Street in St. Bernard, a series of gunshot-like blasts echo off the high ceilings. She doesn’t bat an eye.
‘Bottles,’ she says.
Turns out that the screw-on caps of plastic jugs and bottles shoot off like bullets when you compress the things, which is why we’re wearing hard hats and safety glasses while touring the MRF’s maze of belts, sorters, and compactors. But plastic bullets are only one of the concerns the MRF staff faces on a daily basis. Rumpke is in the middle of the most significant recycling upgrade in its 75-year history, betting millions of dollars that the changes will keep it atop the shifting financial, political, and consumer sentiments that hold sway over the recycling business. ‘We’re basically talking about reasserting ourselves as the big player in the area when it comes to recycling,’ says Rumpke Cincinnati MRF recycling manager Brad Dunn. ‘It’s the wave of the future.’”
— Matt Cunningham, Cincinnati Magazine