Earth Day: Do's & Don'ts of Recycling

Make Your Recycling Count
Reminders about the Do’s and Don’ts of Recycling

In honor of Earth Day (April 22), Rumpke Waste & Recycling reminds residents about the proper items to place in recycling containers.

Residents participating in curbside recycling or drop-off recycling programs should only recycle the following items:

  • Plastic bottles and jugs
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Aluminum cans
  • Steel cans and lids
  • Paperboard, like cereal boxes
  • Cardboard boxes, including clean pizza boxes
  • Office paper
  • Envelopes
  • Newspapers, magazines, catalogs and inserts
  • Cartons for milk, broth, juice boxes and wine

“Rumpke partners with dozens of communities and solid waste districts across the region to offer simple and convenient recycling programs,” said Jonathan Kissell, Rumpke communications manager. “Residents are recycling more than ever, and we want to make sure their efforts count by only placing the right items in their recycling containers.”

All items should be placed loose in the recycling container – no plastic bags. Items not listed are not accepted for recycling by Rumpke. These items pose safety risks for employees, damage equipment and even increase program costs. Common items to never place in recycling include:

  • All plastic bags, including single use grocery bags and trash bags
  • Tanglers like garden hoses, dog leashes, belts and extension cords
  • Metals like pipes, bars, cooking pots/pans and auto parts
  • Clothing, blankets and bed sheets
  • Hazardous items like batteries, needles and pressurized tanks

Rumpke is a family-owned business providing services throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia. Rumpke has nearly 2,700 employees. Rumpke recycled more than 1 billion pounds of materials in 2016. For more information, visit


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