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Learning Where Your Garbage Goes ~ Rumpke Landfill Tour

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On a 95 degree day, my boys and I took a very unusual tour. We were invited to take an adventure to Mt. Rumpke.

Mt. Rumpke is a landfill owned by Rumpke Waste Removal that was a former hog farm owned by William Rumpke.

Rumpke Landfill Tour

Yes, we went on a landfill tour.

Rumpke Landfill Tour

Rumpke offers a lot of tours each year

They actually had over 10,000 visitors take the tour last year.

Rumpke Landfill Tour

We learned interesting facts about the different types of garbage trucks.

Did you know that a new garbage truck cost around $250,000??!!!

Rumpke Landfill Tour

Our tour guide, Sara, shared with us about the history of Rumpke and talked about what Rumpke does to keep the environment safer.

Rumpke Landfill Tour

They use a thick lining on the bottoms of the landfill so that the garbage doesn’t affect the ground underneath.  There is also a 3ft layer of clay at the bottom and sides of the landfill.

Rumpke Landfill Tour

Rumpke uses the rainwater from this pond to wash the trucks and to also spray down the roads on the hill.

Rumpke Landfill Tour

The climb to the top gave us a good view of the surrounding area.

Rumpke Landfill Tour

Rumpke Landfill Tour

Below is a mound of ground-up tires.

Rumpke Landfill Tour

During our tour, we got various vantage points to see how huge the mountain is!

Rumpke Landfill Tour

A garbage truck makes about 500 residential stops a day.

Rumpke Landfill Tour

I fully expected to smell garbage the whole time but Rumpke uses an all natural odor neutralizer round the clock to help keep the smells under control which was a relief.

Rumpke Landfill Tour

Rumpke also has 200 gas wells that suck gas out of the landfill and turn it into natural gas energy. This is an innovative way to turn something that could be seen as negative into a positive.

Rumpke Landfill Tour

Unusual things buried at Mt. Rumpke

During our tour, we learned about two unusual things buried at Mt. Rumpke…. an elephant and the World’s largest chocolate bar. You need to take the tour to find out more about those stories.

Rumpke Landfill Tour

What you put in your garbage can at home directly affects how much waste ends up in a landfill.

Observing the mound of garbage really showed us how much of a difference in our own waste compounds with others.

Rumpke Landfill Tour

I had always thought that garbage was sorted after being taken away by the garbage truck. That is not true. The garbage goes directly to the landfill.

Our family has the opportunity to choose if we want to take steps to make that mound not as high by how we choose to dispose of our trash.

Rumpke Landfill Tour

I think it all comes down to habit and making the process as simple as possible.

The tour was a great way to make our family realize that what we do can have an impact on our environment in a positive or negative way. This would be a great tour for schools or homeschooling groups.

Rumpke also offers recycling options for residents that vary by city.

Rumpke tours are free and take place on Wednesdays at their Colerain Township location. The tours last 45 minutes and are conducted by bus.

You can find out more about Rumpke from their website.

 

5 thoughts on “Learning Where Your Garbage Goes ~ Rumpke Landfill Tour”

  1. Hi Nedra, nice share.

    I will definitely make a tour of Rumpke landfill. A few days ago, I’ve had a bad experience with Foxhole landfill. It was the biggest rip-off. Ever time I go it’s a different price. They should charge by weight, not a flat fee. Needs to have a meeting so everyone is on the same page. Nobody knows what to charge. Will go elsewhere for sure next time.

  2. Thanks Liz! I need to work on recycling more. The tour really put things in perspective for me. Hope you can check it out sometime.

  3. I am going to share this with as many people as possible. I recycle like no other. I would estimate 80% of everything that leaves my apartment is recycled, reused, donated, repurposed if not more. I’ve always lived that way I guess because I grew up on a farm. It literally makes me ill to see what goes in our trash and it is not uncommon for my neighbors to find me rooting through the trash to put stuff in the recycling bin. The City of Cincinnati is working on this issue by giving us 1 recycling bin and 1 trash bin per house… and the recycling bin is slightly larger for a reason.

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