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Ohio EPA Director Celebrates Updated Recycling Efforts
Ohio EPA Director Scott Nally today toured the newly rebuilt Rumpke Material Recovery facility in St. Bernard, Ohio, as part of a grand opening event of the facility.
The new building started operating again in October 2013, replacing a facility that caught fire in April 2012. The new facility was partially funded by a $250,000 grant from Ohio EPA, which assisted in the purchase and installation of a state-of-the art glass collection and sorting system.
The grant is a result of Ohio EPA’s effort to build an infrastructure to recover more glass in the State of Ohio. Ohio’s glass makers estimate that they could use an additional 165,000 to 185,000 tons of cullet or cleaned, post-consumer glass each year.
Responding to the need of Ohio’s glass manufacturers, Ohio EPA, in partnership with the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District, identified the opportunity to help with the project which will provide an estimated 100 jobs to the area. Historically, 90 percent of Ohio’s glass bottles and jars end up in landfills.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.