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Fairfield, Rumpke to help residents understand what can be recycled

America Recycles Day is today, but Rumpke and Butler County Solid Waste and Recycling will celebrate on Saturday by hosting an education event “to make sure everyone’s recycling efforts count,” said Rumpke spokeswoman Molly Yeager Broadwater. 

From 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Fairfield Aquatic Center parking lot, 2605 Augusta Blvd., Fairfield residents are asked to bring their recycling, and Rumpke’s team of experts will answer questions and help explain what should and should not go in curbside or community recycling containers.

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This summer, the trash hauler conducted a citywide curbside audit of Fairfield recyclers. Containers with too much contaminated recycling — materials that cannot be recycled by Rumpke vendors — dropped from 22 percent at the start of the audit to 12 percent at the end.

The rate of recycling also did not drop, which supported the belief Fairfield recycling customers learned the do’s and don’ts of recycling. About 50 percent of Fairfield trash customers recycle, Broadwater said.

Residents on Saturday who come with “perfect recycling” will earn a prize, and there will be Rumpke trucks for a touch-a-truck experience. Rumpke’s recycling mascot Binny the recycling bin, will be at the event.

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