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The company that owned those popular green and yellow paper recycling containers often found in church and school parking lots, sold off its business early last month. Now locations with the recycling bins are finding they have a problem: the bins are full but no one is emptying them.

Abitibi sold its Paper Retriever fundraising program to a corporation that has, in turn, sold the containers, and just the containers, to Rumpke.

"We ended up purchasing the containers - not the customers or the service - on October 1," says Rumpke spokeswoman Amanda Pratt.

Emily Wendler / WVXU

Items that cannot be recycled are causing some issues for the Rumpke recycling center in St. Bernard.  Company workers are being forced to trash some things that are not recyclable and should have never been sent to the facility in the first place.  

“Some non-recyclables can easily be sorted out with our advanced technology,” said recycling operation manager Brad Dunn in a statement.  “However some of these non-recyclables can injure our employees, damage our sorting equipment or contaminate other recyclables.”

Items to avoid:

GE Aviation

Ohio EPA Director Scott Nally, challenged by Governor John Kasich to outcompete neighboring states for jobs and capital, points to a plan his agency used with GE Aviation to fast track permits. What normally could take up to 18 months to approve took just five months. Because it was so successful, the system of using six people instead of two to process the permit may be modeled around the state and nation.

GE Aviation's urgency

Emily Wendler / WVXU

Rumpke realizes your (recycled) trash could be another company's treasure. Armed with a brand new $32 million, 100,000 square foot sorting center in St. Bernard, Rumpke is taking tons of recyclables off the street and marketing the material to paper mills and businesses that buy plastic and other goods.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Glass makes up 15 percent of what Cincinnatians throw out. Beginning this November, Rumpke will recycle it in a brand new St. Bernard facility that sits on the same site as one that burned down a year ago.

Although Rumpke will also recycle paper, plastics and metals at this facility, a big focus is on glass recycling. Very small, refined recycled glass particles are in big demand by glass container and fiberglass insulation companies.

There are eight steps in the glass recycling process:

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