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Beginning last week, yogurt and fruit cups, and sour cream and butter tubs were added to Rumpke’s expanding accepted materials list.

Maybe you have always attempted to recycle yogurt and butter containers, but until now, those items were considered “contamination.” Contamination is the industry term for non-recyclable materials deposited in recycling collection programs.

These materials must be separated and taken to the landfill, making operations less efficient. In fact, plastic bags and Christmas lights jam conveyor belts halting work and requiring repairs to specialized sorting equipment.

Before Rumpke can accept an item, they must obtain equipment to mechanically separate it from other materials and secure a manufacturer to purchase the commodity long-term.

For more on recycling in Genoa Township, click here.

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