Middletown Retools Recycling Program

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio – February 18, 2015 – When it comes to recycling containers, Middletown is banking on the theory that bigger is better.

Beginning this week, Rumpke will deliver 65-gallon recycling carts to Middletown residents, as part of the City’s revamped recycling program. Since 2011 Rumpke has delivered approximately 4,500 recycling carts to residents who have requested them and Rumpke will now be delivering 12,000 recycling carts to the remaining households in Middletown who currently do not have a cart.

“In communities where we utilize a larger recycling cart instead of the smaller bin, we see an increase in the amount of recycling collected,” said Dean Ferrier, municipal public sector manger, Rumpke.  “There are many perks to the larger containers. In addition to holding four times more material than the traditional bin, the carts also feature a lid to help contain material as well as wheels, which allow residents to easily maneuver the container to the curb.”

Last year, Middletown decided to adjust its current recycling program to increase recycling rate, reduce litter and realize cost savings.

In 2014, the City of Middletown’s residents recycled approximately 6.5 percent of their total trash collected, ranking Middletown last among the six Butler County cities. With the adoption of the larger recycling carts, City of Middletown expects to be closer to the 14 percent average residential recycling diversion rate in the region.

In addition to adoption of larger, wheeled recycling carts, Middletown residents will move to an every-other-week recycling collection, beginning March 2. Garbage collection will remain weekly.

Rumpke mailed residents a collection schedule earlier this month. Residents who didn’t receive a collection schedule, should contact Rumpke at 1-800-582-3107 to obtain a copy of their household’s collection schedule.

Rumpke accepts a wide variety of common household items in its curbside recycling program, including:

  • Plastic bottles and jugs (please flatten and reattach the lid)
  • Cartons
  • 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:
  • Office paper
  • Newspaper
  • Magazines
  • Junk mail and envelopes (with or without windows)
  • Telephone books
  • Paper grocery bags


To learn more about the City’s recycling program, visit www.rumpke.com.


Rumpke Waste & Recycling 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 and Rumpke Haul-it-Away. Please visit www.rumpke.com for more information.



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