Rumpke takes Madison’s recyclables after they are picked up by city crews and contracts with Jefferson County to have weekly drop-off locations for garbage and recycling throughout the county outside the city. Users of the drop-off location pay an annual fee.

The City of Madison contracted with Rumpke in 2014 for curbside pickup of recyclables. The contract is up for renewal next year. Bob Cooke, purchasing director at City Hall, said potential changes won’t be known until the renewal time approaches.

The Southeastern Indiana Solid Waste District, headquartered inside the former Jefferson Proving Ground, will announce next week what changes it plans, including that it will start accepting #1 and #2 plastic bottle or jug-shaped containers.

“We’re holding our own,” said Bob Mustafa, who owns Madison Recycling Center on Shun Pike. He deals primarily in metals and cardboard.

He watches the markets constantly online and by talking to the people he sells to, the users or next people to move recyclables to markets near and far.

He tries to time the selling of his materials to get the most money, but with the tariffs and rules, he sometimes has to haul the backlog from his center to a landfill to make room for more things arriving that might not be going anywhere soon.

Repeated attempts to get complete information about recycling in the Kentucky counties of Trimble and Carroll were unsuccessful.