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Our Naughty and Nice Recycling List

The weeks following Thanksgiving and leading up to Christmas are extra busy at Rumpke’s recycling centers. Our 10 recycling centers will see a 20 to 30 percent increase in the amount of material collected and processed. But remember, not everything St. Nick places under your tree is recyclable. Please take a moment to review our naughty and nice recycling list before tossing an item into your recycling container.


  • Wrapping paper (not foil)
  • Gift boxes
  • Gift bags (not foil)
  • Wrapping paper rolls (cardboard)
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Christmas cards and envelopes
  • Newspapers and sales ads
  • Junk mail
  • Clean pizza boxes
  • Paperboard (like cracker boxes)
  • Plastic bottles and jugs
  • Aluminum and steel food and drink cans
  • Glass bottles and jars


  • Ribbons
  • Tissue paper
  • Foil wrapping paper
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic packaging
  • Plastic toys
  • Whipped topping and butter tubs
  • Aluminum pie and roasting pans
  • VHS tapes (when you upgrade to DVDs and Blue-Rays)

When in doubt – ask us! We’re on Facebook, on Twitter and would be happy to answer your questions.

About the Author: Molly Yeager is a corporate communications coordinator for Rumpke.

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