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Waste Pick-up and Recycling

The City of Cleveland offers an automated curbside waste pick-up and recycling program, which is significantly more efficient, easier, and should encourage more participation in recycling. Through this program, residents receive sturdy garbage carts for trash and recycling which can be wheeled to the curb. The City no longer accepts the use of plastic bags in recycling carts and bins.

The City enforces waste collection rules and regulations, according to City ordinances which address waste collection and disposal and littering. Failure to follow set out guidelines may result in fines ranging from $100 to as much as $500 for excessive set-outs.

For pick-up schedules and detailed guidelines, visit the City of Cleveland's Waste Pick-up and Disposal website, here.

Recyclables include:

  • Junk Mail
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Office Paper
  • Chip Board
  • Cardboard
  • Glass (clear, green, brown)
  • All plastics (1 through 7)
  • Aluminum
  • Metal cans

Curbside recycling does not include:

  • Detergent boxes
  • Clothes hangers
  • Computers
  • Aerosol cans
  • Window glass
  • Drinking glasses
  • Light bulbs
  • Metal cookware
  • PVC pipe
  • Pallets
  • Plastic toys
  • Wood

To recycle properly . . .

  • Rinse containers thoroughly
  • Remove and discard caps and lids
  • Place glass, metal, and plastic in the curbside recycling container. (Do not use blue bags.)

Recycled paper may also be deposited in the Abitibi paper-recycling box located in the parking lot at Saint Joseph Academy, 3470 Rocky River Drive. Proceeds will benefit the school.

  • Place newspapers in brown paper bag or tie with string
  • Break down and bundle cardboard

Special Recycling

The Ridge Road Transfer Station, 3727 Ridge Road, accepts certain special items for recycling. Please note specific dates for each item. Hours are 9 am - 2 pm.

What When
Computers Early Spring ; Late Summer
Household Hazardous Waste (except latex paint) Usually May & October
Telephone Books Usually in July
Tires End of August

Latex paint is not recyclable. You may dispose of it with your regular refuse, but it must be dry. Paint cans with small amounts of liquid paint remaining may be left open for the paint to evaporate. For larger amounts, pour the paint onto pieces of cardboard and place with your regular refuse when dry.

For additional recycling information, please call the Cleveland recycling hotline, 216-664-3717.