five men standing before a building with the Rumpke logo on it
From left: Machinex's Pierre Paré, Jean-Michel Paré, David Marcouiller, Chris Hawn and Brad Goins
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Machinex to supply 56-tph recycling system to Rumpke

The system will be installed at the new Rumpke Recycling & Resource Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Machinex will supply Rumpke Waste & Recycling, headquartered in Cincinnati, with a 56-ton-per-hour (TPH) residential single-stream system for the new material recovery facility (MRF) the company is building in Columbus, Ohio. Rumpke previously announced that Machinex was among the companies it selected to work with on the project.

In addition to featuring what Machinex describes as “best-in-class technology,” the Rumpke Recycling & Resource Center also will host a research center for college students and an educational area to raise environmental awareness. The equipment supplier says the project “nicely aligns with the Machinex mission to ‘design solutions for a sustainable tomorrow.’”

The system will sort recyclables that include papers, cardboard, high-density polyethylene, polyethylene terephthalate, polypropylene and mixed plastics from local residential and commercial curbside collections. Effectively sorting these materials while maximizing purity rates, interconnectivity and high-technology equipment were the requirements for the design of this system for Rumpke. Machinex says its 50-plus-year history of designing and manufacturing high-performance equipment combined with its own artificial intelligence were why Rumpke selected the company as sits supplier.  

This 160,000-ton-per-year MRF will include several types of sorting equipment focusing on high automation to maximize recovery. The system will be equipped with 18 Mach Hyspec optical sorters for fiber, nonfiber and plastics sorting, along with three SamurAI sorting robots on the container lines for quality control. The automation will increase material recovery and purity without extra manpower, according to Machinex, which adds that its engineers developed a multistep solution involving material sizing with trommels to drive the appropriate material to its corresponding sorting equipment. 

Rumpke has partnered with Machinex on multiple projects.

Chris Hawn, CEO of Machinex Technologies, the company’s North Carolina-based U.S. subsidiary, says, “Working with Rumpke and their team has always been a pleasure. Going into large projects such as this, it is important that any buyer complete due diligence to understand market changes and the equipment necessary to tackle past, present and future challenges. We were fortunate enough to remain Rumpke’s selected vendor and, with the level of automation provided, they are prepared to handle what the future might bring."

Jeffrey Snyder, director of Recycling at Rumpke Waste & Recycling, says that by working with Machinex on the Rumpke Recycling & Resource Center “we remain confident that we can continue delivering the best recycling solutions to our customers for years to come.” He adds, “The future of recycling is now, and we are excited to partner with Machinex to deliver best-in-class recycling to our customers and communities.”