Rumpke partnered with the Vernon Hills, Ill.-based Carton Council on the project. The council supplied $454,525 in grant funding to help purchase an optical scanner that uses infrared technology to identify and sort cartons from the recycling stream. Overall, Rumpke’s new processing system includes six optical scanners, each at a cost of nearly $1 million.
Rumpke and the Carton Council also will partner in the coming months to promote the new acceptable items to the 4.5 million people served by Rumpke Recycling Cincinnati. With this system, the Carton Council said that more than 600,000 households will now have access to carton recycling for the first time.