Rumpke accepts plastic and aluminum cups for recycling

Rumpke Waste & Recycling announced it will now accept disposable plastic and aluminum cups in curbside and dropbox recycling programs.

“As a recycling leader, Rumpke is constantly working with end users to develop solutions for expanded recycling opportunities,” said Jeff Snyder, Rumpke’s director of recycling. “Our commitment to our recycling operation remains a top priority.”

Recent innovations in plastic recycling have resulted in commitments from end-users to accept and recycle more material. Advancements in plastic recycling have increased the demand for additional types of plastic products.

“Last year, Rumpke announced the addition of tubs, made from polypropylene. With consumer driven demand for more environmentally friendly options, more and more companies are transitioning to polypropylene cups,” said Snyder.

Examples of acceptable cups include plastic beverage cups from fast-food restaurants (Starbucks, McDonalds, etc.), plastic souvenir cups and Ball brand aluminum cups.

Additional guidelines are as follows:

  • Plastic lids should be reattached to plastic cups.
  • Straws and stoppers are not accepted.
  • Colorful Solo brand cups are not accepted. These cups are made from polystyrene and Rumpke currently does not have a long-term end user for this material.
  • Ceramic and glass cups are not accepted.
  • K-cups are not accepted.

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