Rumpke Sees Growth in Recycling

CINCINNATI – April 21, 2015 – Rumpke saw a 7 percent increase in recycling at its Cincinnati recycling facility during the first quarter of 2015, compared to the same time period last year.

According to Rumpke, its Cincinnati recycling facility processed nearly 40,000 tons during the first three months of the year, up from 37,000 tons processed during the same time period in 2014.

“We are seeing more customers interested in adding recycling service,” said Brad Dunn, recycling operations manager, Rumpke. “More municipalities view recycling as an essential service for their residents, and more businesses are adding the service to meet their sustainability goals.”

In total, Rumpke processed more than 318 million pounds of material at its Cincinnati facility in 2014.

 “With Earth Day celebrated this week, we know recycling is top of mind,” Dunn said. “We hope to continue to see this upward trend in recycling; however, we hope customers that do make the commitment to recycle, make the commitment to recycle correctly.”

According to Rumpke, with the increase in recycling, the recycling facility is also seeing an increase in contamination in recycling.

“Every day, we see tons of items at our recycling facility that can’t be recycled and can actually do significant, debilitating and costly damage to the recycling center,” Dunn said.

Some of the big no-nos that Rumpke commonly sees at its recycling facilities

  • VHS tapes
  • Plastic bags
  • Batteries
  • Hoses
  • Wires
  • Clothing and other textiles
  • Food waste

Rumpke accepts the following items in its recycling program:

  • 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
  • A variety of paper products, including:
    • Office paper
    • Newspaper
    • Magazines
    • Junk mail and envelopes (with or without windows)
    • Telephone books
    • Paper grocery bags

Rumpke maintains a list of recyclables at its website, Rumpke also encourages customers to tour its recycling facility to learn more about the recycling process. For tour information, email

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 for more information.


Molly Yeager


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