Local businesses, customers show appreciation to Rumpke employees

Thank-you notes, small gifts and free lunch.

Those are just some of the ways the Jackson County community has shown team members at Rumpke Waste and Recycling in Medora how much they appreciate their efforts to keep neighborhoods and businesses clean and green during the pandemic.

“The outpouring of support we continue to see is heartwarming,” said Rumpke Region Vice President Eric Curtis. “It’s almost a daily occurrence that a driver comes in with a care package from a customer or a thank-you note.”

Curtis said the team is especially appreciative of local businesses providing lunch for employees. Last week, the Seymour and Taylorsville KFC restaurants donated 80 boxed lunches to Rumpke’s Medora and Columbus locations, recognizing employees for their work.

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“We perform an essential service,” Curtis said. “Proper trash collection and disposal is vital to protecting human health. Our team is on the frontlines working to keep our customers safe, and it feels really good to be appreciated for the important role we play in society.”

Curtis said customers can help keep Rumpke employees safe by following a few simple precautions.

  • Bag all trash, even if it is being placed in a trash can.
  • Keep recycling loose. Don’t put recycling in a plastic bag, and only put items on Rumpke’s acceptable items list in your recycling container.
  • Place trash and recycling at the curb the night before scheduled collection.
  • Don’t place batteries, tires, liquids, flammable items or household hazardous waste in trash or recycling containers.
  • Properly dispose of medical sharps by placing in a rigid plastic container, taped shut, clearly labeled sharps and placed into trash.
  • Prepare large items for collection by removing Freon from appliances and wrapping mattresses, box springs and upholstered furniture in plastic.
  • If you have excess trash from spring cleanups, consider taking it directly to the Medora Landfill or renting a Rumpke open-top dumpster.

Rumpke has been part of the Jackson County business community since 1983. Its landfill, recycling center and hauling operation is located at 546 S. County Road 870W, Medora. About 60 people work at the site.