Recyclable Items

What You Can Recycle

The Cincinnati Recycling Program accepts the following materials:

  • All plastic bottles and jugs. If you crush the jug/bottle, you can screw the lid back on for recycling.
    • NOTE: To be considered a bottle or a jug, the top of the container must be smaller than the bottom.
  • Glass jars and bottles (any color)
  • Aluminum and steel cans
  • Cartons
  • Empty aerosol cans (with lids and tips removed)
  • Paperboard (cereal boxes, 12-pack containers, etc.)
  • Cardboard (broken down to 3'-by-3' sections)
  • A variety of paper products
  1. Office paper
  2. Newspaper
  3. Magazines
  4. Junk mail and envelopes (with or without windows)
  5. Telephone books
  6. Paper grocery bags

Should It Be In A Garbage Bag?

No, please just place your recyclable items in the cart or bin. The only exception is shredded paper, which may be placed in a clear plastic bag.

Plastic Grocery Bags

Plastic bags aren’t currently accepted in the City’s curbside recycling program due to the stringent standards for the reselling of this material. Manufactures require plastic bags be clean, dry and in like-new condition to use in the manufacturing process. Due to the collection and separation process; Rumpke Recycling can’t meet manufacturer’s standards.

Many local retailers have established a plastic bag recycling program. We encourage you to seek out these types of opportunities to recycle your plastic bags.