Santa Asks for Help from Recyclers

(Dec. 17, 2013) During the season of giving, Rumpke expects to see more trash and recycling. While many holiday items can be recycled, some items can damage recycling equipment or contaminate materials used by elves and other manufacturers to make new things.

Santa asks recyclers to fill their Rumpke Recycling containers with these holiday items:


  • Cardboard boxes
  • Shoe boxes
  • Gift boxes
  • Paper gift bags
  • Wrapping paper (non-foil, all ribbons/bows removed)


  • Newspapers (including inserts)
  • Postcards
  • Greeting cards
  • Catalogs and magazines
  • Shipping boxes
  • Envelopes

Food and Beverage Containers

  • Cans from food and beverages
  • Boxes (e.g. cake mix)
  • Plastic bottles and jugs
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Paper grocery bags
  • Cartons (e.g. broth and egg nog)

Stay Off the Naughty List
Recyclers can stay off the naughty list by reusing, donating or discarding the following items instead of putting them in the recycling:

  • Unwanted gifts
  • Packing peanuts and bubble wrap
  • Ribbons and bows
  • Plastic shopping bags
  • Clothing and toys
  • Décor (e.g. wreaths and garland)
  • Foil and plastic wrap
  • Blister or clam shell packaging
  • Electronics
  • Batteries

Rumpke provides residential recycling service many communities throughout the Midwest. Rumpke also partners with several area solid waste districts for public drop-off recycling programs.

Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Inc. has been committed to keeping neighborhoods and businesses clean and green since 1932 by providing environmentally friendly waste disposal solutions. 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, and Rumpke Hydraulics. For more information, visit


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