Fort Wright Trash and Recycling

Neighborhood Pickup Schedule

Old Fort Wright, South Hills Neighborhoods - Tuesdays

Includes the following streets, this is not a complete list: Kennedy, Rosa, East & West Crittenden, East & West Henry Clay, Edna, Kentucky, Lorup, Olivia, Werner, Cumberland, Basswood, Fayette, Ridgemont, Upland, Emery, St. Anthony Marcella, Kyles Lane from Dixie to and including Old Highland-1400-1600 blocks.

Lookout Heights Neighborhoods - Thursdays

Includes the following streets, this is not a complete list: Park, Redwood, Hazelwood, Birchwood, Lookout Heights, Don Martin, Fort Henry, Pickett, General, Morris, Glazier, Barrington, Vidot, St. Agnes, Dixie Highway, Amsterdam.

Monticello Heights & KY 17 Neighborhoods - Fridays

Includes the following streets, this is not a complete list: Mt. Vernon, Monticello, Beaumont, Montpelier, Ashlawn, Beacon Hill, Farrell, Fincastle, Castle Hill, Cloverfield, KY 17 & Old KY 17, Stonewell Trails, Parkside, Old Kyles, Valley, Lakeview, Electric.

Pinehurst - Edgewood Schedule, Tuesdays & Saturdays


Missed Pickup?

For a missed pickup, you can contact Rumpke directly by calling 859-472-7339 and selecting their residential line.

Recycling - What You Can Recycle


Commonly acceptable paper materials include:

  • White ledger paper: computer, copy machine and typewriter paper; white ledger pads, adding machine tape
  • News Quality Papers: newspaper, phonebooks, wide-lined news print
  • Folders: manila, colored and coated folders
  • Mail: letters, brochures, advertisements, magazines
  • Correspondence: legal pad paper, colored paper and message sheets, self adhesive notes, index cards, fax paper
  • Envelopes: with or without windows, with labels, colored and coated
  • Computer paper
  • Brown Papers: brown envelopes, brown grocery bags, cereal boxes, beverage carrier boxes, and clean pizza boxes (without grease)
  • Cardboard Boxes: broken down into 3 feet by 3 feet sections

Unacceptable paper materials:

  • Text Books: the glue binding contaminates the paper
  • Candy Wrappers: candy and sugars contaminate the paper
  • Dirty plates, cups and napkins: these items have food particles contaminating the paper
  • Facial tissue and paper towels: these items are contaminated


Rumpke Recycling accepts plastic bottles in its residential recycling programs. The bottle must have a small mouth with a base wider than the mouth.

Typical bottles include milk jugs, soda bottles, laundry detergent bottles, water bottles, shampoo bottles and contact solution bottles. Plastic bottle lids are accepted if screwed back on the empty bottle.

Unacceptable plastic materials:

Any plastic not in the shape of a bottle is not acceptable in Rumpke Recycling's residential programs, such as:

  • Plastic bags (i.e. grocery bags)
  • VHS tapes
  • Butter tubs or whipped topping tubs
  • Plastic plates, cups, and utensils
  • Food trays, like the ones from frozen meals
  • Toys or plastic wrappers/packaging
  • Film containers
  • Oil jugs
  • Medical sharps or medical waste
    (Do not place medical sharps or medical waste inside of recyclables. For example, plastic containers being used to dispose of sharps should be placed in the garbage only and are not recyclable. They may place employees who are sorting the material at risk of serious injury.) 

Beverage and Food Cans

Commonly acceptable metals include:

  • Aluminum cans: beverage and food cans.
  • Steel cans: soup, food and aerosol cans.

Unacceptable metals:

  • Scrap metal (except at Rumpke Recycling buy-back centers)
  • Pots and pans
  • Coat hangers
  • Paint cans


Commonly acceptable glass:

  • Glass bottles and jars: clear, brown, blue and green.
    Please rinse and remove lids.

Unacceptable glass:

  • Window glass
  • Drinking glasses
  • Fish tanks
  • Light bulbs

Due to breakage with glass bottles, this material has historically been a challenge for recycling companies. Recently, Rumpke Recycling constructed a facility in Dayton, Ohio to process mixed broken cullet (glass) suitable for use in the fiberglass industry. Rumpke Recycling received funding from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) for this project, which has produced very successful results.

In addition to this process, Rumpke Recycling also processes glass by color and ships to end users in the re-manufacture of glass bottles. Rumpke Recycling continues to incorporate innovative recycling programs to provide the most cost-effective method of processing and shipping recyclable materials to end users.

Frequently Asked Questions about Recycling

Where do materials go after Rumpke Recycling collects them?

To the Rumpke Recycling Material Recovery Facility (MRF) located closest to you. Rumpke Recycling operates material recovery facilities in St. Bernard (near Cincinnati), Circleville, Columbus, Dayton and Ironton, Ohio (near Ashland, Ky. and Huntington, W. Va.), and Louisville, Ky.

How is the material separated at Rumpke Recycling’s Material Recovery Facility?

At nearly all of Rumpke Recycling’s facilities, single stream technology combined with manual sorting is used to separate the materials. Separated materials are baled and sent to various manufacturers.

How can I obtain a new recycling bin?

Additional or new recycling bins can be obtained at the Fort Wright City Building.

Why are Rumpke Recycling bins red?

Red is not just Rumpke Recycling’s corporate color, it is also a color that your driver can easily see as she or he completes her or his route.

Why doesn’t Rumpke Recycling make the recycling bins larger?

Rumpke Recycling’s bins are designed to protect the health and safety of our employees. Rumpke Recycling’s bins ensure a maximum weight is not exceeded. This helps prevent lifting injuries among our drivers. On one route, a driver may pick up and lift a full recycling bin, to at least shoulder height, 500 to 600 times a day.

What are my recyclables made into?

Recyclables are made into more paper, paper hand towels, carpet fibers, piping, plastic lumber, more cans and containers, appliance parts, car parts and fiber glass. 

Do I have to separate paper from the other materials?

At most locations, single stream technology at Rumpke Recycling facilities does the sorting for you. Simply place all of your recyclables in your bin, mixed together.

I have seen my recycling bin picked up by a truck that is marked Rumpke Recycling, but it looks like a Rumpke trash truck. What’s going on?

Rumpke Recycling trucks come in all shapes and sizes. Some recycling trucks are the older box trucks that have compartments that used to be used to separate the paper materials from the other recyclables. Other trucks look like our garbage trucks, but are marked as Rumpke Recycling vehicles. With the birth of single stream recycling in 2002, it was no longer necessary to pre-sort the materials. The box trucks, which offer limited capacity and demand smaller routes, are still used here and there, but for the most part, Rumpke Recycling is converting its fleet into traditional rear load trucks which offer much greater capacity and a compaction system.

Do I need to rinse out my containers before I place them in the bin?

We encourage you to rinse all containers to prevent insects and minimize odor.

Do I need to remove lids from my recyclables?

Yes, please remove all lids. The lids are not made from the same material as the recyclable container, therefore they are considered contaminates to the recycling stream.

Did I need to remove labels before placing recyclables in my bin?

No, the labels will disintegrate in the recycling process.

Why doesn’t Rumpke Recycling accept all types of plastics?

Rumpke Recycling accepts all plastic bottles. Common plastic bottles include soda bottles, milk jugs, laundry detergent bottles, shampoo bottles, and contact solution bottles. Plastic bottles are manufactured through a process called "blow molding." The end-users who buy the bottles for manufacturing of new products prefer the "blow molded" plastic bottles for their processes. Other plastics, such as butter tubs and plastic food trays, are manufactured through a process called "injection molding." These plastics are not accepted in Rumpke Recycling's residential programs.

What should I do with plastic bags, such as grocery bags?

Plastic bags cause major problems in Rumpke Recycling's mechanized single-stream equipment. They become entangled in the rotating discs, dramatically affecting the operating efficiency of the process. Rumpke Recycling encourages residents to return plastic bags to the stores that used them. Nearly all major retail chains have collection bins for the plastic bags. Rumpke Recycling offers segregated collection programs for all types of film plastic generated by commercial and industrial organizations.

Oil jugs are plastic. Can I place them in my recycling bin?

No, oil is considered household hazardous waste. Please contact your local solid waste management district for appropriate disposal or recycling options.

Paint cans are metal. Are they recyclable?

No, liquid paint is a household hazardous waste. Mix kitty litter with the paint to make the remaining liquid a solid. Place the paint can with the lid off at the curb with your trash for disposal at the landfill.

Are dishes, mirrors and window glasses accepted?

The single stream sorting technology employed to sort recyclables cannot sort these items. Also, the type of glass used to make these items is not useful to the manufacturers using the glass Rumpke Recycling processes.

How much waste does recycling divert from landfills annually?

On average, recycling diverts about 84,000 tons from the landfill each year.

Can I take a tour Rumpke Recycling?

Tours by appointment are available during business hours for guests ages 13 and older. Hard sole shoes are required. Rumpke Recycling will provide a guide and additional safety equipment. To schedule a tour, please contact Rumpke Recycling.

Are photographs accepted in Rumpke Recycling's residential programs? No. Rumpke Recycling's paper buyers request photographs NOT be included in our material due to water resistant chemicals used in some photographs. This does not pulp properly in water during the manufacturing process.