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Rumpke's Recycling Process

In an era where the world is generating an increasing amount of waste, recycling is more important than ever. At Rumpke Waste & Recycling, we are committed to providing high-quality and sustainable solutions to meet your business and residential recycling needs. Our recycling process drives more sustainability by recovering recyclable materials and diverting them from landfills.

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Processing

Material Recycling Facility

After collecting recyclables through our pickup or drop-off services, we take them to our recycling facility, also known as a Material Recovery Facility (MRF). At the facility, the recyclables travel through various conveyor belts where they are sorted and baled according to type. 

Sorting Process

The sorting process begins with disc screeners separating paper items from metals and plastics. The facility uses eddy currents and electromagnets to remove aluminum and steel cans from the mix of recyclables.

Single-Stream Recycling

Rumpke’s recycling facilities are equipped with advanced technology and equipment, making it possible to sort 30-60 tons of recyclable materials per hour. We operate a single-stream recycling program that allows recyclables to be mixed in a single container. Single-stream recycling benefits our customers by allowing them to mix all accepted recyclables in a single container for collection by a single truck. As a result, more people can take part in the recycling effort.

Optical Scanners

Rumpke uses optical scanners to remove cartons and plastics. These scanners have infrared light that senses the materials and removes them from conveyor belts with a shot of air. Rumpke is also introducing AI technology at some recycling facilities, where robotic arms use machine learning to remove items from the recycling mix.

After sorting the materials into different types, they’re compacted into bales.

End User

Have you ever wondered what happens to your recyclables or where they end up after Rumpke bales them? 

Well, once the recyclables are compacted into bales, we sell them to manufacturers who use them in their production processes. These manufacturers then use the recycled material to manufacture new products. From there, the new products will be sold to distributors and retailers, who eventually make them available to you as end users.