Fireworks, cookouts and pool parties are standard protocols for many Independence Day celebrations – and burnt trash cans, dumpster fires and truck fires threats increase significantly the days that follow for the clean-up crews at Rumpke Waste & Recycling.
“Annually, we see an increase in container and truck fires the days and weeks following the Independence Day holiday,” said Bridgett Biggs, area safety manager, Rumpke. “If not properly handled, fireworks, pool chemicals and charcoal embers can cause dangerous situations for our employees, facilities and the motoring public.”
Top 3 Clean Up Tips after Your July Fourth Festivities:
1. All spent fireworks, charcoal embers and ash must soak in water before disposal. Doing this ensures the material will not reignite.
2. Do not put propane tanks in the trash or recycling containers. Instead, take empty containers back to stores to be refilled.
3. Pool chemicals cannot go in trash or recycling. Contact your solid waste district for disposal options.
Holiday Party Recycling Reminders
Rumpke also reminds customers that a lot of party supplies can be recycled, including:
- Plastic bottles
- Glass bottles
- Plastic jugs
- Aluminum cans
- Steel cans
- Plastic and paper cups
Check out our list of acceptable items or go to our blog to learn more tips and tricks for waste and recycling practices.