Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Local News

July 2, 2013

Reasons to recycle outweigh reasons not to

Almost half of Batesville's residents take the time now

“An average American generates nearly 1 ton of trash a year, but all that waste doesn’t have to go to the landfill,” notes the Web site www.rumpkerecycling.com. Rumpke Consolidated Companies Inc., Cincinnati, offers Batesville residents a convenient, curbside recycling program.

“We estimate about 45 percent of Batesville residents participate,” says Molly Yeager Broadwater, senior corporate communication coordinator. That means collectively, the city’s citizens recycle an estimated – and amazing – 30 tons per month.

Local customers don’t need to separate their materials by type. All can be mixed together in the recycling container (please see box). Residents are reminded to place their bins at curbs the night before their scheduled collection days because Rumpke drivers start their jobs very early.

What should be discarded into the bins? “Residents should stick to only those items on Rumpke’s acceptable item list,” which include clean plastic bottles and jugs; any color glass bottles and jars; aluminum and steel cans; cardboard (please flatten, fold or cut into pieces small enough to fit into recycling container); pizza boxes; paperboard, such as cereal or cracker boxes; newspapers, magazines and catalogs; office paper, junk mail and envelopes.

A tip from Broadwater: To save space, “ideally, we ask residents to squeeze all the air out of plastic bottles prior to re-attaching the lids.” This helps to ensure they remain on the bottles when they are baled. Lids that aren’t attached can’t be properly sorted at the plant.

Rain doesn’t ruin the best intentions to recycle. According to the communication coordinator, “Rumpke can still accept soggy paper in its recycling program.”

“Wrong items placed in recycling bins can cause big problems for employees, vehicles and recycling facilities,” Broadwater notes. “For example, plastic bags aren’t accepted in Rumpke’s recycling program for numerous reasons. However, a big reason is because they get caught around the sortation equipment at the recycling centers and cause the plant to shut down.

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