Rumpke is dedicated to keeping neighborhoods beautiful, which is why we offer hassle-free and reliable curbside pickup for homeowners. Contact us today and we’ll be happy to help confirm the best recycling service for plastic materials, or read our curbside guidelines for more information.
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Rumpke has made significant investments in recycling technology to improve accessibility, making it convenient for homeowners and businesses alike.
We also offer single-stream recycling so that materials don’t need to be separated into different bins for pickup.
Why it’s Important to Recycle Plastic
The average American generates nearly one ton of trash a year, making it more important than ever to recycle. Households that commit to a recycling program help reduce landfill waste.
Discarded plastic resists decomposition, and has a presumed life span of over 500 years. On the other hand, when plastic is recycled correctly, it can be repurposed beyond a single use.
Learn more about our recycling programs, and how you can make your recycling efforts count.
Types of Plastic That Can Be Recycled
Our single-stream program also makes it easier to manage all acceptable items to recycle, such as recycling glass bottles and jars, aluminum cans, and steel cans and lids. Rumpke recycling centers can accommodate an array of plastic items.
Bottles that have a small mouth and wider base such as soda bottles, laundry detergent bottles, water bottles, shampoo bottles, and contact solution bottles
Plastic jugs that have a small mouth and wider base, such as milk jugs, water jugs, and jugs for laundry detergents and cleaning solutions.
Plastic tubs for butter, sour cream, cottage cheese, yogurt, Jell-O, and fruit slices would fall into the tub category. (Lids should be reattached prior to recycling.)
Fast food beverage cups, coffee cups, and Dixie cups. (Does not apply to every location, be sure to check beforehand.)
Plastic Recycling Tips
- Keep screw-on plastic lids attached to beverage bottles, or toss them in the trash. They’re too small to recycle on their own and can disrupt sorting machines.
- Rinse containers like sauce jars and milk jugs before recycling. Contamination decreases the likelihood that plastic will be recycled.
- Avoid trying to recycle plastic grocery bags, wrappers, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, foam egg cartons, polystyrene, or motor oil.
Plastic Recycling Options
For local homeowners, check and see if you're eligible for residential recycling services. We also offer designated drop-off locations in certain communities for recyclable materials, including recyclable plastic.
Businesses should contact us to start with a commercial recycling audit so our knowledgeable teams can help you determine which materials you can and should recycle. After that, Rumpke will send your business right-sized containers to meet your recycling needs.
Everything starts with our professional recycling audit to determine your needs before developing a comprehensive waste and recycling plan. We’ll examine your current recycling practice, perform an audit, and then analyze the data for opportunities to improve your process and help save your business money.
Plastic Recycling FAQ
Yes, all bottled water containers are made to be recycled! Companies can reuse the plastic to make new products.
Be sure to check our Rumpke’s list of acceptable items for recycling, which includes plastic bottles, plastic jugs, plastic tubs, and plastic cups. Rumpke offers single-stream recycling so that materials don’t need to be separated into different bins for pickup. Just be sure to rinse out any plastic food and drink containers to eliminate food getting mixed into the stream.
Families and business owners looking to maximize their recycling efforts should sign up for service with Rumpke. Our single-stream programs focus on all recyclable materials – glass recycling, plastic recycling, and more – not just individual pre-sorted materials. Many communities also have public recycling drop-off boxes to make recycling easier.
This comprehensive approach helps divert the greatest volume of recyclable materials from landfills.
Sorting plastic by type is no longer necessary! Recyclable plastics are bottles, jugs, tubs, and cups. Unlike dual-stream recycling programs, Rumpke’s single-stream program allows residential recyclables to be mixed together and sorted later at an advanced recycling facility.
While many material manufacturers are working to produce only recyclable plastic, not all plastics are recyclable in our recycling program. Currently, we are only able to accept plastic bottles, jugs, tubs, and cups.
Contaminants on recyclables is another reason that items–and large batches of material from the same shipment–are often denied from the recycling process. Unwashed food containers, greasy pizza boxes, plastic grocery bags, toothpaste tubes, paper towels, styrofoam, and toilet paper are items that are often mistaken as being recyclable materials, but instead disrupt the entire recycling system.
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You can even contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns about Rumpke's recycling services.