Recycling

Overview

Recycling is provided at no additional charge to residents who receive the City's solid waste collection service. All of Worthington's recyclables are dropped off at Rumpke's Material Recovery Facility for sorting.  Residents are provided one 65 gallon recycling cart free of charge. Residents should place all recyclable items such as paper, cardboard and plastic, glass bottles and metal cans loose in the same bin. No separation of different recyclable materials is necessary.  DO NOT BAG RECYCLABLE ITEMS.  Keep them loose in the recycling cart for collection. Bags of any sort pose a danger to the recycling facility and will be taken to the SWACO landfill for disposal.  This not only increases the carbon footprint of collection by adding another truck to haul the items to the landfill, but also increases the cost of recycling service.  As much as 15% of all items received at the recycling facility are taken to the landfill.  65-gallon recycling carts MAY NOT BE USED for any solid waste except recyclables. A printable flyer of recyclable items is available for download: Worthington Recycling

Changes for 2021

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Read more about this exciting change and see answers to Frequently Asked Questions

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Recyclable Items

  • Aluminum / bi-metal beverage cans
  • Chipboard - Detergent boxes and dry packaged food boxes (remove all plastic linings)
  • Corrugated cardboard flattened
  • Glass bottles and jars from food or drinks
  • Single-serve coffee/K-cups
  • Juice boxes, not including the straw
  • Newspapers, magazines and catalogs
  • Wrapping paper (no foil wrapping or embellishment)  
  • Office, school and fax papers
  • Phone books, junk mail and envelopes
  • Plastic (#1-7) bottles, jugs, butter and sour cream tubs, yogurt cups
  • Steel food and aerosol cans (remove tips)

Non-Recyclable Items

  • Plastic bags
  • Tanglers including hangers, hoses, chains, electronics, clothing
  • Cups including coffee cups and party cups
  • Cardboard items not flattened
  • Paper towels, napkins and tissues
  • Plastics such as take-out containers, flower pots and shipping materials
  • Styrofoam, ribbon and diapers
  • Wax-coated frozen food boxes
  • Windows, mirrors, pots and pans
  • Fast food wrappers
  • Foil and disposable pie pans and roasters

Additional Recycling Information 

  • The large red "toters" provided by Local Waste are for recycling only
  • Recyclables should be placed in the toter loose.  Bagged recyclables will not be collected.
  • Rinse containers and place lids back on

Other Options

Many other items, such as gently used appliances, furniture, clothing, salvaged building materials and electronics, can be recycled at various drop-off centers throughout Central Ohio.

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