Rumpke offers firework disposal tips


Fireworks, cookouts and pool parties are standard protocols for many Independence Day celebrations.

However, burnt trash cans, dumpster fires and truck fires threats increase significantly the days that follow for the cleanup crews, according to a news release from Rumpke Waste and Recycling.

“Annually, we see an increase in container and truck fires the days and weeks following the Independence Day holiday,” said Bridgett Biggs, area safety manager for Rumpke. “If not properly handled, fireworks, pool chemicals and charcoal embers can cause dangerous situations for our employees, facilities and the motoring public.”

Rumpke offers the following tips for cleanup after your Fourth of July festivities:

-All spent fireworks, charcoal embers and ash must soak in water before disposal. Doing this ensures the material will not reignite.

-Do not put propane tanks in the trash or recycling containers. Instead, take empty containers back to stores to be refilled.

-Pool chemicals cannot go in trash or recycling. Contact your solid waste district for disposal options.

In addition to the reminder about properly handling potentially flammable material, Rumpke reminds customers that a lot of party supplies can be recycled.

“Rumpke continues to enhance our recycling program and allow for more common household items to be recycled,” said Hillary Ladig, communications coordinator for Rumpke. “For holiday parties, this would include your bottles, jugs, cans and many types of cups.”

For information on trash guidelines or materials accepted in Rumpke’s recycling program, visit

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