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Rumpke Adds More Items to Recycling List

Cincinnati residents and businesses can now fill their recycling carts with even more material! Yogurt containers, fruit and pudding cups as well as butter, sour cream and whipped topping tubs can now go into recycling carts with other bottles, cans, cardboard and paper.

As with other items accepted in Cincinnati's recycling programs, our partner, Rumpke, has secured long-term contracts with stable, regional end-users for this material who will convert it into new plastic containers.  Currently, 95% of Rumpke's collected recyclables go to domestic end-users, with the vast majority destined for Ohio and the Midwest.
"As a leader in recycling, Rumpke recycles more than one billion pounds of material annually," said Steve Sargent, Rumpke's Director of Recycling. "There have been a lot of recent innovations in plastic recycling that are allowing for this expansion of our acceptable items list."
Also driving the change is a grant from the Recycling Partnership's Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, aiding Rumpke with the installation of new equipment to help sort tubs from other recyclables at its Cincinnati recycling center. 
Cincinnati residents and businesses can now recycle: 
  • Plastic bottles, jugs and tubs (butter, sour cream, cottage cheese tubs as well as yogurt and fruit and yogurt cups)
  • Cartons 
  • Glass bottles and jars (any color) 
  • Aluminum and steel cans 
  • Paper, paper board (cereal boxes, 12-pack containers, mail, etc.) and cardboard 
To ensure all items can be properly sorted and recycled they should be clean, empty and placed loose (not in plastic bags) in recycling carts  For more information on recycling and the new plastic tub addition, visit


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