What goes in my Recycle cart?

Keep in mind that single stream sorting technology allows each household to mix all of the recyclables in the Recycle cart. There is no need to separate items. Please place all items into the container loose and not in plastic trash bags.

Type of Container Used in the Automated Recycling System

Rumpke recycle binThe City of Montgomery and Rumpke have provided each residence (single and two family residences) with one 96 or 65 gallon waste toter, free of charge. The waste toters are designed for use with the automated collection system and provide:

  • Easy Mobility: the waste toter is mounted on wheels for easy mobility.
  • Sturdy Construction: Toters/wheelers are composed of sturdy plastic to withstand nature’s elements.
  • Attached Lid: The hinged lid avoids leakage, spills and animal tampering.
  • Imprinted Serial Number: The waste wheelers are imprinted with a serial number and assigned to a specific address. If you move, please leave the waste wheeler for use by the next resident.
  • Residents can request either a 96 or 65 gallon waste toter.

Need A Recycling Container?

If you do not have a recycling toter or need additional toters, please call Rumpke at 513-743-2900.

Here is an Extensive List of What You Can and Cannot Recycle in Curbside Bins


carton recyclingCartons are easy to recognize and are available in two types – shelf-stable and refrigerated. Please remove caps and straws. Cartons that you CAN recycle include:

Shelf-stable cartons Refrigerated
Juice Milk
Milk Juice
Soy Milk Cream
Soup and Broth Egg Substitutes

Plastic – any Bottle or Jug

plastic recyclingDon’t worry about the numbers. If the plastic bottle has a mouth smaller than the rest of the container, you can recycle it! Plastic lids are now accepted. To ensure the lids are recycled, please squeeze air out of bottle and screw lid onto container.

You CAN Recycle this: You CANNOT recycle this:
water and pop bottles butter or margarine tubs
shampoo bottles whipped topping containers
salad dressing bottles yogurt containers
milk jugs deli containers
juice bottles storage containers
contact solution bottles pots from the garden
ketchup and mustard bottles Styrofoam
liquid laundry detergent jugs plastic bags
  lotion tubes
  plastic hangers
  food film
  plastic wrap/packaging

Glass – any Bottle or Jar

glass recyclingAny color, any size as long as the glass is a bottle or jar. Remove the lids (but don’t worry about the labels) and rinse out the container before placing in the bin.

You CAN Recycle this: You CANNOT recycle this:
pop bottles drinking glasses
beer and wine bottles light bulbs
juice bottles baking dishes
jelly jars dinnerware
tomato sauce jars window glass
pickle jars broken glass
salsa jars  

Metal – Aluminum and Steel

metal recyclingAll food related metal cans go into your bin. No need to remove the label but do rinse out the food can. Please remove all lids. Large metal lids like those found on spaghetti sauce and pickle jars are accepted. Small metal lids pose problems in the recycling process. Non-hazardous, non-flammable material only.

You CAN Recycle this: You CANNOT recycle this:
soup cans metal hangers
pop cans scrap metal
beer cans aluminum foil
fruit and vegetable cans non-food related metal
tuna/salmon/meat cans non-drink related metal
juice cans batteries
coffee cans  
empty aerosal cans-remove tips  

Paper – Any Type of Paper

paper recyclingIf you can tear it, you can put it in your bin! All types of paper, paperboard, and cardboard are recyclable, even if they are glossy! You can even recycle clean pizza boxes.

You CAN Recycle this: You CANNOT recycle this:
newspapers and inserts bound books
magazines-dull or glossy paper plates
phone books napkins
catalogs paper soiled with food
cardboard boxes-flatten foil-coated paper
brown paper grocery bags plastic bags
paperboard-boxes from cereal, crackers, cake mixes, etc.  
junk mail  
envelopes-with or without windows  
office paper-with or without staples  
paper towel/toilet paper cores  
beverage carriers  
clean pizza boxes  

Monthly Recycling Collection

The monthly Saturday Recycling occurs on the third Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the public works building at 7315 Cornell Road.  This collection effort is now accepting more than just corrugated cardboard. The Environmental Commission will also accept:

  • Discarded sunglasses
  • Prescription Eyeglasses
  • Plant pots
  • Amber plastic prescription bottles (Bottles must be empty with personal data removed or blacked out with a marker)
  • Ferrous Metals (metal with iron or steel in it)

Where to Recycle Odd Items

Items such as plastic tubs, polystyrene, aluminum foil, pie pans, takeout food trays, plastic bags and yogurt cups currently cannot be recycled in curbside recycling programs. While some materials are not acceptable through the curbside program, there are other recycling outlets available. Many of these items can still be recycled at a variety of outlets.

  • Plastic bags can be recycled at area stores such as Kroger, Meijer, Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, or other locations
  • #5 plastic tubs (including yogurt containers) can be recycled at Whole Foods Market
  • Bubble Wrap, Packing Peanuts, Packing paper can be recycled at the UPS Store, 9891 Montgomery Road
  • Natural Corks can be recycled at Whole Food stores at displays in their entrances

Call the Hamilton County Recycling Hotline at 946-7766 for a complete list.

Large Item Recycling

Items that are still usable can often be dropped off at a charity or picked up by other organizations. These items will usually be donated to somebody in need or sold at a thrift store. However, what do you do with a large item that you no longer want but it is not easily transported or is not wanted by Goodwill or other organizations? Some examples: Oven, refrigerator, sink, couch, swingset, sand box, gas grill, yard furniture, TV antennae, firewood, television, bicycle, sports equipment, landscape timbers, extra bricks, lumber, roof shingles, old doors, usable paint, etc.

There is a local organized internet posting and email system just for this purpose. At, you can join the Cincinnati East group which includes Montgomery, Blue Ash, and communities east of us extending into many rural areas. There is not any cost involved. A member of our Environmental Advisory Commission has been using this system for years, and reports great success in putting items such as those above into other people’s hands.

The Freecycle Network is incorporated as a nonprofit organization and is tax-exempt under the IRS 501(c)3 ruling.

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Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL)

All Home Depot and Lowe’s home improvement stores will accept used CFL’s from residents at no charge at their customer service desks.

Electronics Recycling

Check Hamilton County’s website for options that are currently available.

Battery Recycling

How, and where, to properly dispose of common batteries can be confusing. Here is what you need to know.

First and foremost: do not place batteries in your recycling bin or cart. Batteries cannot be recycled locally in this way, and they create a fire hazard in recycling trucks and facilities. Take your batteries to one of the following locations to be properly disposed. Be sure to place them in a clear, sealable bag.

Battery Disposal Locations

Household Hazardous Item Disposal (Including Oil-Based Paint)

Check Hamilton County’s website for options that may be currently available.

For more information call Hamilton County Environmental Services at 946-7766 or visit