Weirdest Items Found at Rumpke Recycling
Each week, I have the pleasure of leading tour groups through our Cincinnati Material Recovery Facility (recycling center). Each group stands in awe of how a series of machines and workers quickly separate hundreds of tons of recyclables by type. But what amazes groups even more are some of the weird items – like shoes or dog houses – that our customers try to recycle.
Our recycling team recently compiled a list of some of the strange items our customers have tried to recycle over the years. Here is our top 10:
- VHS video cassettes
- Family Photo Albums
- Bowling Balls (as well as tennis balls, baseballs, basketballs, etc)
- Chain Link Fencing
- Power Tools
- Prosthetic leg
- A Nile Monitor Lizard (we called the Cincinnati Zoo to collect this one)
We applaud our customers for making the effort to reduce their waste and increase their recycling; however, trying to recycle the wrong items often leads to damaged equipment and other problems in the recycling facility.
About the author: Molly Yeager is a corporate communications coordinator at Rumpke.