Cartons Now Accepted in Rumpke Recycling Programs

CINCINNATI – Nov. 18, 2013 – Rumpke, Ohio’s recycling leader, announced today that carton containers are now accepted in its residential and commercial recycling programs.

“Rumpke is committed to growing recycling in the region,” said Jeff Rumpke, vice president.  “We built our new Cincinnati recycling facility with the ability to handle more recyclables and to process new types of material. We are always out there searching both domestically and internationally to identify new manufacturers that are willing to take and use recyclables from our region.”

Types of carton containers now accepted include juice, milk, soy milk, soup, broth, egg substitute and wine cartons.

To ensure your cartons are recycled, please follow these easy steps:
1. Empty the container. Containers still containing liquid will not be recycled
2. Remove caps or straws
3. Toss the carton in the recycling container with other acceptable items

Rumpke partnered with the 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.  In total Rumpke’s new processing system includes six optical scanners, each with a price tag of nearly $1 million.

Rumpke and the Carton Council will also partner in the coming months to promote the new acceptable items to the 4.5 million people served by Rumpke Recycling Cincinnati, one of North America’s largest material recovery facilities.  With this system, the Carton Council states that more than 600,000 households (617,860) will now have access carton recycling for the first time.

In addition to cartons, residents can recycle:

• Plastic bottles and jugs (please flatten and reattach the lid)
• Glass bottles and jars (any color)
• Aluminum and steel cans
• Empty aerosol cans (with lids and tips removed)
• Paperboard (cereal boxes, 12-pack containers, etc.)
• Cardboard (broken down to 3'-by-3' sections)
• A variety of paper products, including:
     o Office paper
     o Newspaper
     o Magazines
     o Junk mail and envelopes (with or without windows)
     o Telephone books
     o Paper grocery bags

To learn more about Rumpke’s recycling process and about items you can recycle, please visit

Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Inc. has been committed to keeping neighborhoods and businesses clean and green since 1932 by providing environmentally friendly waste disposal solutions. Headquartered in Colerain Township, Ohio, Rumpke is one of the nation’s largest privately owned residential and commercial waste and recycling firms, providing service to areas of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia. Rumpke divisions include Rumpke Recycling, Rumpke Portable Restrooms, The William-Thomas Group, Rumpke Hydraulics, Rumpke Haul-it-Away and Rumpke Park. Please visit for more information.


Molly Yeager

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