Annually, Rumpke invites the public to its Brown County, Ohio, landfill to raise awareness about the importance of proper waste disposal and the environmental safeguards in place at landfills.
Now in its fourth year, the event continues to grow, drawing more visitors annually. On Saturday, Aug. 27, Rumpke welcomed more than 200 guests to its facility.
In addition to the traditional landfill tours, visitors were able to see how a landfill cell is excavated with a controlled rock blasting demonstration. One lucky guest celebrating his 69th birthday pulled the trigger, setting off the blast.
Children also had ample opportunities to learn about the waste and recycling industry.
To teach kids about the landfill liner system, a Rumpke engineer helped them create an edible landfill out of sweet treats. Click here for directions to make your own! Children also made reusable grocery bags out of old T-shirts and participated in the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Relay where they sorted through materials deciding in which category various materials belong.
The Adams-Brown Recycling Center educated visitors about waste reduction with their mobile education unit and recruited new recyclers while at the event. Brown County Soil and Water District promoted composting by signing-up guests for their backyard composting classes.
Rumpke proudly displayed several garbage trucks as well as heavy equipment used on the landfill. The Georgetown Exempted Village Fire Department also displayed one of its ladder trucks.
A dunking booth raised over $150 for the Georgetown Fire Department while offering lots of laughs.
If you missed out on Brown County’s open house, be sure to stop by our Day of Discovery at Rumpke’s Colerain Landfill Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Check out our pictures from this year’s event on Rumpke’s Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/RumpkeCo.
About the author: Tyra Owens is a Corporate Communications Intern at Rumpke.