Rumpke Upgrades Ohio Glass Recycling Plant

Company invests $2.5 million to boost the amount of glass it handles at its Dayton, Ohio, facility.

November 2, 2010
Recycling Today Staff

Cincinnati-based Rumpke Recycling has announced that it is partnering with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the glass container manufacturing company Owens-Illinois (O-I), Perrysburg, Ohio, to build and enhance its recycling facility in Dayton, Ohio, to process more glass.

The new system will create a product that can be used by the glass container industry, according to the company.
"Securing consistent markets for glass has been a long-time challenge for Ohio recyclers,” says Steve Sargent, director of Rumpke Recycling. “While many collection programs seek to remove glass from their recycling programs, Rumpke has committed a substantial amount of capital and time to incorporate glass as one of the items Ohio households and businesses can recycle on a daily basis."
The agreement calls for O-I to provide technical assistance to Rumpke in developing a recycled glass treatment center that will provide up to 40,000 tons of ground glass per year. O-I has agreed to purchase the majority of recycled glass cullet handled by Rumpke.
Equipment installation is expected to begin by April 2011, with completion expected by the middle of August 2011. Equipment to be installed includes optical scanning technology that will make recycling glass containers more economical, according to Rumpke. The facility will be capable of handling 80,000 tons of glass per year.
Sargent says the facility will be supplying O-I plants in Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania with cullet that can be recycled into glass containers.
Sargent says that while a significant amount of the glass processed through the new system will go to Owens-Illinois, Rumpke will continue to supply its long-standing glass recycling partner Johns-Manville, a fiberglass manufacturing firm, with material to meet its needs. Rumpke presently supplies Johns-Manville with roughly 1,200 tons of cullet.
In fact, Sargent says that are more companies seek LEED (Leadership in Energy and Enviromental Design) certification, other insulation manufacturers are looking to include recycled content in their products.
Rumpke first opened its Dayton glass processing facility in 2002 in an effort to process the broken, mixed-color glass that was generated through its single-stream collection program. Rumpke says the facility presently markets more than 15,000 tons per year of recycled glass.
Both Rumpke and O-I will work with ODNR to increase municipal glass recycling programs across Ohio.