Residents recycle nearly 4 million pounds in 2015

Published 1:38 pm Monday, March 14, 2016

Residents recycled more than 3.7 million pounds in 2015 through the drop-box recycling program.

The Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District drop-box recycling program is provided through a partnership with Rumpke. It began in 2006 with 29 sites and 29 containers. Today the program includes 35 sites and 91 containers located throughout Lawrence and Scioto counties.

The program accepts plastic bottles and jugs, cartons, metal cans, paper and cardboard. Residents should place these recyclables unbagged in the Rumpke recycling container. Items that are not on the list should not be placed in the container, including plastic bags, hangers, chains, hazardous materials, VHS tapes, pressurized tanks or trash.

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“Residents obviously care a lot about recycling and they’re doing a lot of good,” said Nick Rupert, Rumpke municipal representative. “To do even better, it’s important to recycle only the acceptable items, meaning no plastic bags, no hazardous materials and definitely no trash.”

Unacceptable items can be a safety risk for employees, damage equipment and even increase the costs of the program. They can also ruin otherwise good recyclables that other residents place in the container.

Advanced equipment and technology are used to sort the items by type at one of Rumpke’s recycling facilities. The recycled material is used to create a variety of new products.

Rumpke is a family-owned business with a regional operation in Ironton. The company partners with solid waste districts, communities and businesses throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia to offer recycling services. Rumpke has nearly 2,600 employees. Rumpke recycled more than 900 million pounds of materials in 2015. For more information, visit