Fire Damages Much of Rumpke Recycling Ohio Facility (with video)

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

April 11, 2012

1 Min Read
Fire Damages Much of Rumpke Recycling Ohio Facility (with video)

A fire at Rumpke Recycling’s St. Bernard, Ohio, facility caused severe damage to about two-thirds of the operation.

The Cincinnati-based Rumpke hasn’t been able to fully assess the damage yet and doesn’t have an estimate on damages, said Amanda Pratt, director of corporate communications, in an e-mail. She said a significant portion of the plant that was renovated in 2009 was damaged, as well as some offices. The 2009 renovation cost about $6.5 million.

The fire broke out the afternoon of April 10. Seven employees evacuated the facility without injury, the company said in a news release. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Rumpke service for recycling customers in greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky will continue without interruption. Collected recyclables will be re-directed other Ohio area recycling facilities, mainly Columbus and Dayton.

No collection vehicles were impacted by the fire.

“We appreciate the quick response from the area fire departments,” Pratt said. “We are fortunate that no employees were injured, and we would like our customers to know that service will continue without interruption.”

The St. Bernard operation is the largest material recovery facility for the subsidiary of Rumpke Consolidated Companies Inc.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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