Most cities and townships in Butler County contract with Rumpke for trash and recycling collection.
Rumpke’s recycling program does not accept batteries, and as far as the trash goes, only alkaline batteries may go there.
Butler County residents can take batteries to Cohen in Hamilton or Middletown, and Batteries Plus Bulbs, according to the Butler County Recycling & Solid Waste District.
“Millions of people depend on our recycling facility to process their material,” Dunn said. “If we would lose this facility, it could prevent many communities and businesses from being able to recycle.”
“The danger actually starts when the collection truck compacts the material,” said Kendra Catherman, region safety manager. “When a battery is compacted it can ignite, causing vehicle fires. These have become an almost weekly occurrence for our team to contend with.”
Catherman added that other “hot” or potentially hazardous items also should be avoided such as hot embers, propane tanks, unspent fireworks and pool chemicals, which can also produce fires.
“We train our team to look for these items when collecting material curbside; however, with most material bagged, we can’t always catch these items before they enter the truck. That’s why it is so important that customers follow our curbside guidelines as well as our recycling acceptable items list.”
For a list of items that should not be placed curbside with trash as well as a list of items that Rumpke accepts in recycling, visit Rumpke.com.