They tried to recycle what?

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Rumpke is seeing more people recycle in the Miami Valley but it’s still having some issues with people putting things in its bins that don’t belong.

The company’s put $2.5 million into its Dayton recycling plant in the last year. The conveyor belt there allows workers to pull out items that don’t get recycled.

The cardboard and glass then go their separate ways so they can be reused.

Workers say recycling’s like an onion, they simply peel off the layers, but some of those are unwanted layers like those shopping bags or wire hangers.

We asked about the efforts to increase recycling in the region.

“Recycling’s important for everyone,” says Rumpke spokesperson Sara Cullin. “We all have an interest in conserving landfill space and our natural resources. We’re working hard to make recycling easy to do but we need people to participate.”

Through the years Rumpke has seen some strange things that people have tried to recycle. They even created a top 10 list.

1. VHS video cassettes

2. Family Photo Albums

3. Bowling Balls (as well as tennis balls, baseballs, basketballs, etc)

4. Lingerie

5. Chain Link Fencing

6. Power Tools

7. Toilets

8. Refrigerators

9. Prosthetic leg

10. A Nile Monitor Lizard (we called the Cincinnati Zoo to collect this one)

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Are you recycling the right way? Look below for a recycling quiz to see if you pass the test on what you can and can’t recycle. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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