Fires Continue to Pose Issues at Rumpke Recycling Facility

CINCINNATI – July 19, 2018 – Two fires in two days at Rumpke’s Cincinnati Recycling Facility have prompted the need for another reminder – please watch what you are putting in your Rumpke recycling and trash containers. 

“Unfortunately, it is the same story,” said Bridgett Biggs, area safety manager, Rumpke. “Items like propane tanks, batteries and full aerosol cans aren’t accepted in our recycling program; however, we continue to see these types of materials daily at our recycling facilities, often resulting in fires in our trucks as they are transported to the recycling center or at the facility itself.”

In 2012, Rumpke’s Cincinnati recycling facility was destroyed by a fire. Since opening the new facility in Fall 2013, the company has experienced numerous smaller fires. 

“We want people to recycle,” said Molly Yeager, corporate communications manager, Rumpke. “We want to make recycling easy, accessible and affordable. But we do have to set some parameters to ensure the safety of our employees and the plant, as well as make sure the material received can be recycled. We encourage our customers to review and follow our acceptable item list and ask us questions if they’re unsure if something can be recycled.”

Rumpke accepts the following items for recycling: 

  • Plastic bottles and jugs (please empty, 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 
  • Office paper
  • Newspaper
  • Magazines
  • Junk mail and envelopes (with or without windows)
  • Telephone books
  • Paper grocery bags

Rumpke keeps a list of recyclables on 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.


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