Recycling Guidelines


  • Recycling is collected once a week on the same day as trash. The same rules apply on when the cart can be set out and must be retrieved.

Billing and Rates

  • Curbside recycling is offered at no additional charge to residents by the City. Businesses and owners of multi-unit residential complexes (5 or more units) must contract with Rumpke by calling (800) 828-8171. 


  • Size: Residents are provided a green, 65-gallon wheeled recycling cart. You can request a larger or smaller cart by calling Rumpke at (800) 828-8171 or e-mailing Note: If you move, leave the cart for the next owner.
  • Missing Cart: Each cart has a unique serial number that is assigned to your address. Please record this number and use it to try to track down your missing cart. (If you don’t have the number, Rumpke can supply it.) If you’re unable to find your cart, fill out this FORM and return it to Rumpke using instructions on the form.
  • Damaged Cart: Contact Rumpke at (800) 828-8171 if your cart is damaged. They will either fix it or replace it.

What Can Go In Your Recycling Cart

  • See this flier for a handy reference, HERE. Recycling FAQs from Rumpke can be found HERE.

What Can't Go In Your Recycling Cart

  • Batteries.
  • “Clamshell” carryout food containers.
  • Food Waste.
  • Plastic bags.
  • Plastic plates and flatware.
  • Pots and pans.
  • Soiled pizza boxes.
  • Straws.
  • Styrofoam.


  • Do not put recyclables in any kind of plastic bag.
  • Flatten down cardboard boxes and plastic bottles.
  • Do not leave cardboard out in the rain.
  • Wash out bottles and cans.
  • Leave lids on bottles and jars.

Third-Party Recycling Options

  • Hard-to-recycle materials: HERE.
  • The Cincinnati Recycling and Reuse Hub: HERE.
  • Rigid #5 plastics: HERE.
  • Plastic bags and film: HERE.
  • Another Styrofoam vendor, HERE.
  • Beauty products: HERE.

NKY Solid Waste Resource Guide

Recycling can reduce your weekly trash volume and may be able to lower your monthly bill and it’s the right thing to do! Learn more about acceptable items and how to recycle properly in the  #NKYSolidWasteResourceGuide in the link below. 

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