Machinex and Rumpke collaborate on Ohio MRF

Rumpke Waste & Recycling is building a new recycling centre in Columbus, Ohio.

It will be equipped with a new 56-Ton Per Hour (TPH) Residential Single Stream system from Machinex. The new material recovery facility will be one of the largest dedicated residential single stream systems in the U.S.

The facility will also host a research centre for college students as well as an educational area to raise awareness and consciousness about the environment.

The new system, designed and equipped by Machinex, will sort all recyclable materials, including papers, cardboard, HDPE, PET, PP, and mixed plastics coming from local residential and commercial curbside collection. Achieving effective sorting of all these materials while maximizing purity rates, interconnectivity and high-technology equipment, were the driving requirements for the design of this system.

This 160,000 tons-per-year MRF will include several types of sorting equipment, with a focus on high automation to maximize recovery. The system will be equipped with 18 MACH Hyspec optical sorters for fibers, non fibers 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. Machinex engineers developed a multistep solution involving  material sizing with trommels to drive the appropriate material to its corresponding sorting equipment.

“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,” said Chris Hawn, CEO at Machinex Technologies. 

“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”.

Rumpke Waste & Recycling has been operating since 1932. it serves areas of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia, with 12 recycling facilities, including major material recovery facilities in Cincinnati and Columbus, as well as a one-of-a-kind glass processing facility in Dayton, Ohio.