Bulk Trash Update
Recycleable or Not?
By Laura Arenschield
The Columbus Dispatch • Tuesday March 3, 2015 11:38 AM
Emily Bennett’s household is a recycling machine.
There are four bins in a kitchen cupboard in her Upper Arlington home: one is for trash, two are for recyclables and the last is for plastic bags, which are returned to the grocery store.
Bennett knows that Rumpke, which contracts with most central Ohio cities that have curbside recycling programs, doesn’t accept plastic bags.
But a recent review of the family’s recycling bins by The Dispatch revealed that the Bennetts were unaware that some of the items they place by the curb are not being recycled.
Their new “trash” pile included plastic yogurt cups and fruit containers as well as a cardboard egg carton (Rumpke’s machines can’t differentiate between those and polystyrene foam cartons).
“It’s disheartening how much of this can’t be recycled,” Bennett said. “I really thought we were doing our part.”
That seems to be a common misconception among the hundreds of thousands of suburban central Ohio and Columbus residents who take the time to separate.