The City of Centerville has launched a summer-long, grant-funded campaign to reduce recycling contamination by partnering with The Recycling Partnership, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Montgomery County Environmental Services and Rumpke Recycling.
A random sampling of Centerville customers prior to the program launch found 28% of the material put into recycling containers could not be accepted for recycling. Instead, it was ‘contaminated,’ meaning those materials were incorrect or soiled. Contamination threatens the sustainability of the entire program by escalating costs and increasing risk of injury or damage to workers and equipment.
MID-JUNE: Information cards will be mailed to all Centerville recycling customers – reminding them of items that can be recycled at facilities owned by Rumpke.
MID-JULY: The City kicks off the ‘feet on the street’ initiative, mobilizing specially-trained personnel to conduct curbside cart observations. This initiative will be conducted only for homes in the Concept East, Black Oak, Nestle Creek and Cheltenham neighborhoods. Residents who have contaminants in their recycling carts will receive information ‘Oops’ tags on their carts with specific feedback designed to reduce contamination. Recycling carts with contamination will not be emptied. Residents will be given the opportunity to correct the mistake and return the cart to the curb the following week.
What can you recycle?
Please recycle these items:
Paper & flattened cardboard
Plastic bottles & jugs
Glass bottles & jars
Cartons – food & beverage
Metal cans – food & beverage
All other glass products
Mix all items together.
Empty all bottles, jugs & cans.
No need to remove labels.
NEVER use plastic bags.
Recyclables should be placed in either a resident-provided container or a City-provided container (a recycle cart program will be phased in to provide all residents with a recycling cart).
- Resident-provided containers may NOT be larger than 32 gallons.
- Resident-provided containers must have a City-provided 'Recylables' label attached.
- Large, flattened cardboard may be placed next to the container.