Roanoke Times published this article back in 2010 when RDS came to Roanoke and began operations at the Enon Drive facility, before expanding into the Korte Street facility, where regional recycling is now processed and marketed out of.
Struggling with being in a region that lacks glass beneficiation plants, RDS Korte Street has worked hard to divert their accepted glass from the landfill by investing in equipment to process it into a crushed glass aggregate for use as a clean fill in construction projects, roadways, etc.
MRFs are beginning to embrace AI and robotics to enhance operations. As the recycling industry continues to adapt to changing material streams and staffing issues, (MRFs) are transitioning to new technologies to help them improve quality and employee safety.
The City of Covington would like to announce that beginning on October 1st we will be working with Recycling and Disposal Solutions (RDS) of Virginia to Keep Covington Beautiful. Recycling and Disposal Solutions will now be managing the city’s recycling program.
Recycling has taken hard hits in recent years, laying a rough road for businesses driving to up their sustainability goals. Cheap fossil fuel dulled recyclables’ competitive edge over virgin plastics. China’s import ban and then COVID-19 caused further market disruptions — on top of traditional industry pain points: labor shortages; fast employee turnover; and worker safety issues.
Just a few months ago, when unemployment was low, it was tough finding people who came in on time and wanted to do the sorting we need. At that time, we installed systems from AMP Robotics to help with the labor shortage we were experiencing. AMP’s robots have helped us to better manage our employee base, allowing us to stabilize our sorting workforce and improve productivity. We also had an opportunity to shift two positions paid for through the cost [...]