Cuyahoga County has simplied the process:
CANS - Empty and rinse
CARTONS: Empty and rinse. Replace the cap - it's too small to be recycled by itself.
GLASS BOTTLES & JARS: Empty and rinse
PAPER & BOXES: Flatten cardboard items, like cereal boxes to save space
PLASTIC BOTTLES & JUGS: Empty and rinse. Replace the cap
Place these items loosely in your recycling cart, do not bag. All items should be clean, empty and dry.
Learn more about recycling best practices at: cuyahogarecycle.org
NO MORE NUMBERS 1-7
Did you know numbers 1-7 are no longer used to determine if a plastic item is recyclable? Instead, you now need to look at the shape of a plastic container to see if it can be recycled. Click here for handy plastics guide.
CLOTHING AND OTHER HOUSEHOLD GOODS
The City contracts, free of charge, with a company Simple Recylcing to collect old clothing and fabrics to keep textiles out of landfills. Residents can place unusable household items and unwearable clothing (items not fit to donate to charity thrift shops) in special orange bags provided by Simple Recycling and place them at the curb on their regular trash day. Simple Recycling will pick them up and leave replacement bags. Items are sorted locally; anything usable will be sold to thrift outlets, while other items will be processed for raw materials.
Bags are available at the City Administration Building, located at 26100 Bagley Road or visit Simplerecylcing.com; call (866) 835-5068 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DISPOSING OF OTHER ITEMS:
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE: Materials accepted: oil or solvent-based paint (no latex paint), varnish, mineral spirits, caustic household cleaners, adhesives, gasoline, sealers, polyurethane, herbicides, automotive fluids, roof tar, lighter fluid, primers and coatings, shellac, pesticides, motor oil, driveway sealer, paint thinner, turpentine, car batteries.
NO LATEX PAINT!!!!!
NOT ACCEPTED: LATEZ PAINT - you can dispose of latex paint in your regular trash, as long as it is solidified. To dry a small amount, leave the lid off for several days until the paint hardens. For larger amounts, mix in a drying agent like cat litter, sawdust, plaster of paris, or waste paint hardeners found at home improvement stores. Leave the lid off and place in a regular trash bag. Do NOT throw liquid paint in the regular trash or pour down a drain or storm sewer.
Also NOT ACCEPTED: explosives, gun powder, ammunition, flares, medical waste, pharmaceuticals, sharps and radioactive waste.
Batteries and fluorescent bulbs (including CFLs, the small squiggly lightbulbs) WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED. Cuyahoga County has implemented this change because those items are accepted for recycling at retail stores. CFLs can be recycled at Home Depot and Lowes locations. Some home improvement stores will also take rechargeable batters for recycling.
See below links for more information from Cuyahoga County on recycling batteries and fluorescent bulbs.
Battery Recycling in Cuyahoga County
Fluorescent Bulb Recycling in Cuyahoga County
Please cut into 3 foot sections and roll and tie carpeting. Bundles should NOT exceed 35 pounds. Place at curb on your bulk pickup day.
FURNITURE AND APPLIANCES:
Residents can place large items like sofas, mattresses, doors, dressers, tables and other furniture at the curb on their bulk collection day. Appliances should also be left at the curb on bulk collection day. Before putting out Freon must be removed from appliances (refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers and air conditioners may contain Freon) by a certified professional and the appliance must be tagged. Republic Waste will NOT pick up the item if there is no tag. Doors on freezers and refrigerators must be removed.
The City of Olmsted Falls holds a computer recycling program only during April 1st through April 30th and August 1st through August 30th. You may drop off acceptable components at the Service/Building Department, located at 9234 Columbia Road between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Acceptable components include: monitors, CPU's, printers, terminals, keyboards, mice, modems, software, and cell phones
When a flag becomes torn, faded or soiled, you may deposit it at the drop box located at the City Administration Building, located at 26100 Bagley Road. The Boy Scouts will property retire the flags with a ceremony.
Republic Waste does not pick up old car or truck tires. Tires may be dropped off at the Service Department, located at 9234 Columbia Road, Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.