Rumpke Issues Reminder about Disposal of Pool Chemicals

CINCINNATI – May 13, 2015 – Rumpke reminds residents that items like pool chemicals and other hazardous waste doesn’t belong in the trash.

“With the recent warm weather, we’ve started to see an increase in dumpster and trash truck fires,” said Bridgett Biggs, regional safety manager, Rumpke. “While we may never know the cause of each fire, we know that the improper disposal of pool chemicals can lead to these types of events.”

According to Federal law, Rumpke is not permitted to accept batteries, tires, liquids, combustible materials or any items identified as hazardous, which would include pool chemicals or some cleaning supplies.

Rumpke offers the following tips for disposing of household hazardous waste:

  1. Check the label: A lot of household cleaning supplies contain dangerous chemicals. If the container is labeled with “Danger” or “Poison”, this is an indication of hazardous waste, and cannot go into your garbage can or recycling bin.
  2. Review your service guidelines: Check the guidelines provided by Rumpke on the back of your invoice or at
  3. Research local options: Most local solid waste districts offer residents disposal options for household hazardous wastes, such as:
    • Paint thinner
    • Lawn and pool chemicals
    • Batteries
    • Florescent light bulbs
    • Gasoline and oil
    • Insecticides

“If customers have a question on whether an item can be disposed of in the trash, we encourage them to contact us at 1-800-582-3107,” said Biggs.

Biggs added that customers can also reach Rumpke on Facebook at or via Twitter using the handle @RumpkeNews.

Rumpke Waste and Recycling has been committed to keeping neighborhoods and businesses clean and green since 1932 by providing environment friendly waste disposal solutions. Headquartered near Cincinnati, Rumpke is one of the nation’s largest privately owned residential and commercial waste and recycling firms, providing service to areas of Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia. Rumpke divisions include Rumpke Recycling, Rumpke Portable Restrooms, The William-Thomas Group and Rumpke Hydraulics. For more information, visit


Molly Yeager

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