City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

Recycling Collection

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Click Here for an Overview Handout on Recycling Tips

Recyclables are collected on your designated refuse collection day and taken to the Rumpke Recycling Facility. Certain guidelines must be followed to make the recycling collection process efficient for you, safe for collection crews and to be in compliance with Rumpke’s recycling operational requirements.

Recommended Recycling Containers

recycling container infographicRecyclables must be placed into bins with rigid sides that are between 18–35 gallons in capacity, and clearly marked with the word “Recycling.” If your recycling container does not have a lid, please try to prevent items from blowing out into the street on windy days by bundling papers together and placing heavier items on top.

DO NOT place recyclables into plastic bags—bags cannot be recycled at this facility and will not be collected (this includes “blue” bags).

The City does not have recycling containers available for purchase, but you should be able to find what you need at one of the following area hardware stores*:

  • Nutter Hardware: 3078 Kingsdale Shopping Center | 614-824-1680
  • Zettler Hardware: 4518 Kenny Road | 614-451-0896
  • Sears Appliance and Hardware Store: 1800 W. Henderson Road | 614-326-1013

*The listing of businesses on this website is not an endorsement of any one business over another by the City, its staff, volunteers or Council members.

Correctly Placing Recycling Out For Collection
Place recycling containers next to the street by 7 a.m. on your regular trash/recycling collection day (click here for the schedule). All recyclables can be placed together in one container since Rumpke accepts co-mingled items and is able to separate materials at its facility.

Accepted Items for Recycling

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  • Glass bottles and jars (all colors)
  • Metal cans — this includes aluminum cans, steel cans and lids, empty aerosol cans with the lids and tips removed
  • Plastic Bottles (empty, rinse, crush, reattach lid) — bottles and jugs that have a small mouth and wider base, such as milk jugs, soda bottles, laundry detergent bottles, water bottles, shampoo bottles and contact solution bottles
  • Paper — newspaper, magazines, cardboard, mixed office paper and envelopes, paperboard (cereal boxes), telephone books and catalogs, pizza boxes that are free of food debris and grease. Please break down cardboard boxes (do not use them as temporary recycling containers)
  • Cartons/boxes (remove any plastic caps and straws) — food and beverage cartons/boxes such as milk, juice, soup, wine and broth

Non-Recyclable Items

  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic yogurt and butter containers or other plastic food containers such as microwave meal containers
  • Paper plates or any food related paper products that have been contaminated with food or grease (including contaminated pizza boxes)
  • Egg cartons (plastic, cardboard, foam)
  • Light bulbs, drinking glasses or broken glass
  • Other kitchen items — ceramics, pots, pans
  • Cassette tapes
  • Clothing or bedding
  • Various metal items — hangers, metal chains, scrap metal
  • Batteries
  • Used car parts or motor oil
  • Used “Sharps” — needles and syringes (click here for guidelines on safe disposal)
  • Garden hoses, buckets or plant pots
  • Electronics
  • Polystyrene foam containers and packaging
  • Yard waste

For information on where to recycle some of these items, visit our Recycling Resources page.

For information on how to recycle or dispose of items like appliances, furniture and tires, visit the SWACO Disposal Information page.

Click here for an info. sheet from Rumpke explaining why some items cannot be accepted at its Recycling Facility.

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