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Rumpke Waste & Recycling, headquartered in Cincinnati, announced it has selected Elford Inc., a Columbus, Ohio-based construction company, and Machinex Technologies Inc., a Carolina-based recycling equipment supplier North, to join Columbus-based architect Moody Nolan in building Rumpke’s. $50 million recycling and resource center.

Rumpke announced plans to build the facility earlier this year. The company says the site will be the fifth-largest recycling facility in North America and will be fully operational in the spring of 2024. It is expected to expand the company’s recycling capabilities from 30 to 50 tonnes per hour, recovering plastic, metal, cardboard, paper and glass using processing technology that will include 19 optical sorters, a few robots and artificial intelligence, or AI.

“We take our partnerships very seriously because they have a lasting impact on our business and the community,” said Andrew Rumpke, president of the East region of Rumpke Waste & Recycling. “Moody-Nolan, Elford and Machinex are trusted partners who will help us take our recycling and resource center project to the next level. We plan and build the future of recycling now.

Elford, a locally owned and operated construction company, has overseen projects throughout Ohio including the Linden Community Center, White Castle Headquarters, and the Franklin County Forensics Center.

“After learning about the scope of the project, we quickly connected to Rumpke’s vision and values,” said Mike Fitzpatrick, president of Elford. “Rumpke’s commitment to the community resonates with our mission, and we look forward to being part of a cutting-edge, technology-driven recycling facility that further promotes sustainability while supporting local neighborhoods.”

In selecting its partners for the Recycling and Resource Center, Rumpke said its goal is to partner with companies that share its vision of building, safety and compliance and innovation. best-in-class recycling combined with core values ​​such as business integrity, a commitment to minority contractor involvement, working with neighborhoods close to the facility, and an unwavering drive to cultivate a positive community impact and the environment.

“From the start, we wanted to make sure we were communicating transparently with the people closest to the facility and taking into account their needs and goals,” Rumpke says. “When we met with the leadership and teams of Moody-Nolan, Elford Inc. and Machinex, it quickly became apparent that they all understood our priorities and had a long and proven track record of working with the surrounding community during the development of projects. All of these companies believe in Rumpke’s commitment to providing educational opportunities, career opportunities and jobs to a diverse population.

Over the past two years, Elford has contracted with Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Woman Business Enterprise (WBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE) and other historical contractors and partners. underutilized for nearly $70 million in business. in Ohio alone.

Machinex, whose head office and manufacturing plants are located in Plessisville, Quebec, develops sorting, waste management and recycling technologies. Machinex has previously partnered with Rumpke on its current Columbus recycling facility as well as its Cincinnati Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).

“Having worked with Rumpke for over 20 years at their Ohio facility, we truly share and respect the importance that neighbors have in their business, especially in the education of this project,” says Chris Hawn, CEO from Machinex Technologies. “We appreciate Rumpke’s deep commitment to recycling and its continued investment in innovative sorting technology as it aligns with our vision to design solutions for a sustainable future.”

The 200,000 square foot Rumpke Recycling & Resource Center will offer high-tech AI sorting capabilities, high-tech jobs, and a unique research and development initiative and educational opportunities with Ohio State University, Rupke Waste said. The recycling facility will also feature green and sustainable design elements, such as solar panels and a living green roof. Additionally, the campus will have a sampling station, providing a quick snapshot (within hours) of material composition, identifying recycling opportunities and challenges for communities and businesses.

“When conceptualizing the building designs, it was clear that Rumpke is really thinking ahead,” said Jonathan Moody, President and CEO of Moody Nolan. “This facility will not only benefit the City of Columbus and the Central Ohio region, but [also] the whole state. Clearly, Rumpke’s vision will be a nationally recognized model in the industry.

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