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Posted on: April 26, 2022

Abuse of Big Blue Recycling Bins Costly to Kenton County

Recycling abuse.

Over the last few weeks, Kenton County Public Works Solid Waste Management noticed an increase in the misuse of the Big Blue Bins, the free recycling program in Kenton County. 

“Our recycling program is suffering from abuse and contamination in the Big Blue Recycle Bins. We’ve had numerous recycling bins rejected by the Rumpke Recycling Facility due to contamination from unrecyclable materials such as furniture, carpet, tarps, plastic baskets and storage tubs, etc. being disposed of into the bins,” stated Solid Waste Management Coordinator Melissa Grandstaff. “This required our drivers to dig out large junk items that did not belong in our bins. This is dangerous, time-consuming, and costly.”

The abuse of the bins has caused Public Works to remove them from some locations. 

Each rejected recycle bin costs the County about $188 in waste disposal fees.

“Not only does this cost the County extra disposal fees, but it also costs our employees extra time and extra fuel hauling bins back and forth for proper disposal,” said Grandstaff.

Kenton County Solid Waste is asking residents to educate themselves to “what is and is not” recyclable before using the Big Blue Bins and to utilize the County’s Trash Voucher system for the proper disposal of unrecyclable items.

“Our goal is to divert good, reusable materials from landfills. We take great pride in offering a free recycling service to the citizens of Kenton County,” said Grandstaff. “However, we may have to remove or relocate the Big Blue Recycle Bins if the abuse continues.”

A full listing of recyclable and non-recyclable items can be found on the Kenton County website.

Learn more about the Kenton County Trash Voucher Program.

Questions? Please contact Kenton County Public Works Solid Waste Management at (859) 392-1919 or email Melissa Grandstaff.


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