Hamilton County recycling up a storm

Apr 9, 2014

Mariemont, Madeira and Wyoming led the way as Hamilton County recycled nearly 41 tons of metal, glass, plastic and paper last year.

Rumpke workers sort at the state-of-the-art recycling center
Credit Emily Wendler / WVXU

That's an average of 245 pounds per household.

Rounding out the top ten were Montgomery, Glendale, Terrace Park, Amberley Village, Indian Hill, Evendale and Blue Ash.

The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District estimates the recycling:

  • Saved 331,265 trees from being harvested for paper
  • Conserved enough energy to power every home in the City of Blue Ash for a year
  • Reduced more greenhouse gases than if every household in Hamilton County rode their bicycles to work for more than a month

Rumpke is well equipped to handle the increased recycling. In November WVXU toured the new recycling center. Rumpke accepts everything from plastic bottles to glass jars to aluminum, steel, paper cartons and junk mail. Glass container and fiberglass insulation companies are interested in the recycled glass. Rumpke showed off the glass recycling process last fall.

Room for improvement

The Recycling and Solid Waste District says 40% of what Hamilton County sends to the landfill could be diverted by recycling.