Waste Collection FAQs

Why am I being told not to use plastic bags or put them in the recycling bin?

Plastic bags should not be included with your curbside recycling. They should be left out because they contribute to high contamination rates and sorting machine failure at the Material Recovery Facility (MRF). When bags get wrapped around the moving disks and screens, material sorting stops and the MRF is shutdown. Plastic bags are recyclable if you take them to a grocer or retailer that collects them for recycling.
 

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Last updated: 03/06/2017 - 4:10pm

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Does the City provide document shredding for residents?

Yes, documents for shredding can be dropped off at 5600 Carnegie from 9am-3pm year round.

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Last updated: 03/06/2017 - 4:12pm

Q10172
What should I do with my yard waste?

Yard waste should not be placed in recycling carts, but can be put on the tree lawn separately in brown paper bags. Up to 20 bags can be placed on the curb with your regular trash every week on your designated pickup day. Branches and wood must be cut and bundled. Each bundle cannot exceed 3 ft. in length and 2 ft. in diameter.

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Last updated: 03/06/2017 - 4:14pm

Q10173
Can I recycle used paper towels/napkins?

No. The fibers in paper towels are not recyclable at the Material Recovery Facility. There are also concerns with bacteria, as paper towels and napkins are generally used to clean up messes. To cut back on paper towel waste, consider using washable towels and napkins.

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Last updated: 03/06/2017 - 4:16pm

Q10174
Where do my recyclables go?

Recyclables collected through community recycling programs go to a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) to be sorted and baled before being shipping to a manufacturer and made into new products. The three MRF’s that receive the commingled, single-stream recyclables from Cuyahoga County are owned and operated by private companies and located in Twinsburg, Akron, and Oberlin. These sophisticated facilities process thousands of tons of recyclables every day. The City of Cleveland’s recyclables go to Kimble’s MRF.

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Last updated: 03/06/2017 - 4:18pm

Q10175
How are household recycled materials recovered?

At the Material Recovery Facility, large objects and non-recoverable items are removed first. The recyclables then travel through an automated sorting system which uses a disk screen, magnets, optical sorters, and workers on the line to separate the materials. The sorted materials are baled and sold.

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Last updated: 03/06/2017 - 4:46pm

Q10176
Do I need to separate all of my recycling?

No, there is no need to separate recyclables. All recyclable items should be commingled, or mixed together. Items should be placed loosely in your recycling cart, not bagged.
 

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Last updated: 03/06/2017 - 4:47pm

Q10177
Which items should go in the recycling bin or cart? Why can’t I recycle everything?

Only items such as empty metal food & beverage cans; paper and cardboard; empty plastic bottles and containers; glass bottles and jars; and food and beverage cartons should be placed in your recycling cart. These are the items that the Material Recovery Facility is designed to recover. 
Other items are not recoverable and are problematic and costly for the MRF. Please do not put plastic bags, foam food & beverage containers, garden hoses, furniture, clothing, household goods, food, plates, cups, electronics, toys, computers, hazardous waste & bulky items utensils in your recycling cart. Some of these items may be recyclable in other ways, so please contact the Division of Waste Collection at 216.664.3711 for information on other recycling options.

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Last updated: 03/06/2017 - 4:49pm

Q10178
If an item is not on my recycling list, and I think it could (or should) be recycled, should I put it in the bin?

No. Putting the wrong recyclables into your bin or bag will contaminate the recycling stream. The materials move quickly on the belts through the Material Recovery Facility. Machines and people cannot quickly sort all of the incorrect items, which can create contamination which means recovered items cannot be sold. It’s best to follow the approved list.

If there are still questions, call the Division of Waste Collection at 216.664.3711. It’s important to recycle, but it’s just as important to recycle correctly.

Approved items include: empty metal food & beverage cans; paper and cardboard; empty plastic bottles and containers; glass bottles and jars; and food and beverage cartons

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Last updated: 03/06/2017 - 4:51pm

Q10179
What can I do with hazardous items that shouldn’t go in the trash?

The following items can be dropped off at 5600 Carnegie or 3727 Ridge Road, 9am to 3pm:

  • Computers/cell phones – year round
  • Shredding – year round (5600 Carnegie only)
  • Household hazardous waste (oil-based paints, pesticides, caustic cleaners) – first Friday of each month
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Last updated: 03/06/2017 - 4:52pm

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