With the new year, comes some good news from our partners at Rumpke Waste & Recycling. Rumpke announced that they would be expanding their plastics recycling program to include polypropylene tubs and yogurt containers.
Now Accepted – Plastic Tubs & Yogurt Containers
In recent years, Central Ohio’s residential plastics recycling program has only allowed for the recycling of plastic bottles and jugs which feature a neck smaller than its base. This announcement expands the existing recycling program to include a wide variety of plastic tubs such as butter, cottage cheese, and sour cream tubs, fruit, pudding, and applesauce cups and all yogurt containers.
These items need to be empty and clean before being they’re put in the recycling cart. Lids and labels can be left on but the foil tops that sometimes come on yogurt containers should be removed and not recycled.
Like most businesses, recycling is commodities-based. Taking care to recycle correctly is an important act we can each make to support these businesses which make it possible for each of us to recycle our unwanted materials. In order to expand the plastics recycling program, Rumpke has secured several long-term buyers and users of our recycled plastics. In addition to securing end users, Rumpke also invested in new equipment and the necessary workforce to separate and sort these materials at their Material Recovery Facilities (MRF). Once separated at the MRF, these materials are baled and shipped to businesses, many of which are in Ohio, who make products – like new water bottles and plastic lumber with them.
What’s Not Accepted
In order to recycle right, it’s important to know which items are still not accepted for recycling in Franklin County’s curbside and drop-off recycling program. Items on the ‘no-no’ list include: disposable plastic cups such as party cups, plastic take out containers and clamshell containers like those used for strawberries and blueberries.
Unfortunately, if you aren’t able to avoid using these items, the only current options for disposing them are to either reuse them (look for someone in your local Facebook Freebies group who may use them for a craft, to organize art supplies or a school project) or put them in the trash where they’ll be safely disposed at the landfill.
To learn more about all of the materials accepted as part of Franklin County’s recycling program, visit RecycleRight.org.
The expansion of Central Ohio’s recycling program is a win for our environment, our economy and our community. Let us show our appreciation and do our part to keep these items on the ‘Accepted List’ by committing to recycle right today and every day.