In praise of recycling

The Cov joins national holiday focusing attention on preserving our world


COVINGTON, Ky. – To celebrate America Recycles Day, the City of Covington mailed a flier to residents who signed up to receive a curbside recycling cart and is sharing videos on its Facebook page from Rumpke Waste & Recycling, the City’s contractor.

Did you know?:

  • Curbside recycling is free in Covington.
  • Some 8,746 households (or “accounts”) in Covington have signed up to recycle. That’s up over 2,000 accounts in the last five years. (If you don’t currently recycle but want to, email Note there’s currently a wait time for certain sizes of carts.)
  • Covington residents recycled 1,884.92 tons of waste in 2020, up from 1,764.4 tons the year before.
  • The neighborhoods where recycling participation is highest: South Covington, at 92.96 percent … Monte Casino, at 88.20 percent … Kenton Hills, at 87.97 percent … Central Business District, at 73.33 percent … and Levassor Park, at 69.68 percent.
  • Acceptable items include paper … glass bottles and jars … plastic bottles, jugs, and tubs … cartons … and metal cans. See this FLIER or Rumpke’s Q&A for details.
  • Note that the market for brown cardboard packaging is particularly strong right now, so Rumpke and others are encouraging property owners to make sure they recycle cardboard boxes. You can save space in your curbside recycling cart if you break them down first. (If your pile of cardboard is too big to fit into your cart, just stack it next to the cart.)
  • Non-acceptable items include plastic bags, batteries, clothes, pots and pans, window glass, clamshell carryout food containers, straws and Styrofoam.
  • Every two weeks, the City publishes a Recycle Right Wednesday tip. To sign up for this and other City news, click HERE.
  • To learn all about recycling in Covington, see the City’s Trash & Recycling page HERE.


“We know recycling can be confusing, and that is why we are focusing on education and awareness,” said Sheila Fields, Covington’s Solid Waste & Recycling manager. “City and Rumpke staff members are very knowledgeable and are here to help residents and businesses improve their recycling practices and reduce contamination. We are asking our Covington residents and businesses to take the pledge as a promise to actively choose to live a recycled lifestyle by recycling at home, work, school and on the go, buying products made with recycled content, and encouraging friends and family to recycle. If you haven’t already made the commitment to recycle we ask that you take the #BeRecycled pledge this America Recycles Day!”  

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