City Government

Recycling is the process of turning old products into new ones. Recycling is good for the environment-it saves natural resources, energy and reduces pollution. Recycling is also good for the economy!

    • The recycling industry supports 4.3% of the jobs in Ohio.
    • Recycling supports 3,177 business establishments in Ohio employing 98,302 people.
    • Recycling businesses generate $490 million in Ohio state taxes.
    • Recycling on ton of plastic saves the equivalent of 1,000 to 2,000 gallons of gasoline.


    • Recycling a four-foot stack of newspaper produces as much paper pulp as a 40-foot pine tree.
    • Manufacturing recycled paper produces 55% less air and water pollution than manufacturing paper from virgin wood.
    • Recycling your daily newspaper for one year would provide the pulp equivalent of 2/3 acre of commercial forest.
    • Recycling one ton of newspaper saves 17 pine trees.
    • Every day American businesses generate enough paper to circle the Earth 20 times.
    • Paper recycled today will be recycled into new paper, and back on the store shelf in about 60 days.
    • Making recycled-paper generates 74% less air pollution and 35% less water pollution and uses 64% less energy than making paper from
       virgin timber.


    • Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours.
    • Manufacturing cans from recycled aluminum produces 96% less air & water pollution than manufacturing cans from raw material (bauxite).
    • Throwing away an aluminum can, verses recycling it, is like pouring out six ounces of gasoline.
    • In one year, recycling allows aluminum companies to save the equivalent of more than 19 million barrels of oil


    • If you stacked all the steel cans that were recycled each year, they would reach from here to the moon and back again more than three times.
    • You could power 18 million American homes with the energy saved by recycling steel each year.
    • Recycling one pound of steel can power a 60-watt light bulb for more than one day.

    • Motor oil does not wear out. It simply gets dirty. It can be re-refined and used again and again.
    • When used motor oil is poured into the ground, it can seep into the groundwater & contaminate drinking water supplies. A single
      quart of motor oil can pollute 250,000 gallons of water in our rivers and lakes.


Have you ever wondered why you can’t just toss anything that’s marked with the recycling arrows into your bin? After Rumpke collects your recycling, they sell the material so it can be remanufactured into new products. But if no one wants to buy the material, then they can’t recycle it — even if the technology exists. Buying recycled products helps change this situation. Every time you buy a recycled product, you increase the demand for recycled materials. You also:

    • Preserve natural resources by decreasing the demand for virgin materials.
    • Conserve energy. It often takes less energy to make goods out of recycled materials than from virgin materials.
    • Help keep our air and water clean. In most cases, making products from recycled materials creates less air and water pollution than making
      products from virgin materials.
    • Save landfill space by keeping recyclable material out of the landfill.
    • Create jobs and save money. Processing recyclables creates more jobs than landfills or incinerators and is often a less expensive waste
      management method for cities and towns.
    • Help move the state toward a more sustainable future.


    • For details, download the current Waste and Recycling Flyer.
    • See Hazardous Waste for locations that accept and in some cases recycle hazardous wastes.