Where do items go for recycling after the hauler has collected them?

Most of the residential recyclable materials that are collected in Hamilton County are delivered to the Rumpke Recycling Facility in St. Bernard, where they are sorted and marketed to end-users.

Newspaper is remanufactured into a variety of materials such as insulation, paper tubes and packaging. Polyethylene terephthalate (PETE plastic) is used for polyester clothing, carpeting and roofing materials. High Density Polyethylene (HDPE plastic) is used to make irrigation pipe and drainage tiles. Glass is used to make new containers and fiberglass. Aluminum cans are used to make new cans. Steel is used to make new steel products.

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1. What is Hamilton County R3Source and what do they do?
2. If an item is not on my acceptable items list, and I think it could be recycled, should I put in my recycling bin/cart?
3. What types of plastics can I recycle curbside? Why are some plastics like trays, and hinged (clamshell) containers not accepted in Hamilton County?
4. What is contamination and why is it bad for recycling?
5. Where do items go for recycling after the hauler has collected them?
6. What are the most common misconceptions about recycling?
7. Which Hamilton County communities are the most successful in their recycling efforts?
8. How can I reduce the amount of junk mail I receive?
9. Can I put yard trimmings, latex paint, household hazardous waste, or electronics in my curbside recycling bin/cart?
10. How can I compost my yard trimmings?
11. How can I recycle or properly dispose of latex paint?
12. How can I recycle or properly dispose of household hazardous waste?
13. How can I recycle or properly dispose of electronic equipment?
14. Since plastic bags, plastic film, etc. can't go in the recycling cart, where can I recycle plastic bags and plastic film?
15. What simple things could any consumer do to reduce the amount of waste put into landfills?