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Holidays Produce Plenty of Trash, But Rumpke Asks You To Be Careful Disposing Of It


People tend to produce more trash and recyclable waste during the holidays than any other time of the year – 25 percent more, on average.

But Rumpke Waste and Recycling wants you to know that not everything you want to get rid of belongs in your trash can or recycling bin.

Molly Yeager, the corporate communications manager of Rumpke, says people need to be very careful about what goes in their recycling bins.

"When you put things like food waste in your recycling bin, that can contaminate all the food waste,'' Yeager says. "Even putting the wrong kind of plastic in your recycling bin can prevent other plastic from being recycled because we have to meet strict contamination standards from our end-users."

Liquids, flammables and batteries should be left out of trash cans, Yeager says.

"You may occasionally hear about a trash truck catching fire,'' Yeager says. "That's often because someone put the item in their trash can, or in their recycling bin."

Things like batteries can cause fires in the truck, Yeager says.

Among the holiday items that should not go in recycling bins are Christmas lights (here's how you can dispose of them instead), extension cords, plastic bags, ribbons, tissue paper, metallic wrapping paper and Christmas trees and wreaths. Yeager says a list of what can be recycled and holiday collection times can be found at

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Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU News Team after 30 years of covering local and state politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio governor’s race since 1974 as well as 12 presidential nominating conventions. His streak continued by covering both the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions for 91.7 WVXU. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots; the Lucasville Prison riot in 1993; the Air Canada plane crash at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983; and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. The Cincinnati Reds are his passion. "I've been listening to WVXU and public radio for many years, and I couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to be part of it,” he says.