Rumpke now accepting disposable cups

Effective immediately, Rumpke will now accept disposable paper, plastic, and aluminum cups in curbside and dropbox programs. Recent innovations in paper and plastic recycling have resulted in commitments from end-users to accept and recycle more material. Paper mills have pledged to recycle paper cups and advancements in plastic recycling have increased the demand for additional types of plastic products.

Examples of new material that customers can recycle include paper beverage cups from fast-food restaurants (Starbucks, McDonald’s, etc.), plastic souvenir cups, and Ball brand aluminum cups. Additional guidelines include:

  • Plastic lids should be reattached to plastic cups for recycling.
  • Plastic lids from paper cups should be removed and discarded.
  • Straws and stoppers are not accepted.
  • Colored Solo brand cups are not accepted. These cups are made from polystyrene. We currently do not have a secure, long-term end-user for this material.
  • Ceramic and glass cups are not accepted.
  • K-cups are not accepted.

Paper cups processed at Rumpke’s recycling facilities will be made into cardboard and paperboard products. Plastic cups will be used to make new plastic containers and aluminum cups will be made into aluminum cans.

Last year, Rumpke announced it now is accepting tubs in its acceptable recycling items list.

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