Motor Oil

Motor Oil


Locally, Lube Stop retail locations accept used motor oil. All 37 locations will accept up to 6 quarts of used motor oil (oil only, uncontaminated with other fluids) during regular business hours. When dropping off, you'll be required to sign a manifest with your name and phone number. See the Lube Stop website for details.

Some city service departments collect clean motor oil from residents for recycling. Check with your community. Motor oil is accepted in the Household Hazardous Waste Program.

Businesses must contract with a licensed environmental services company for proper disposal or recycling. See a list in our Business Recycling Directory.

Fire Extinguishers

Fire Extinguishers


Metal fire extinguishers can be refilled rather than thrown away when empty, unless it was manufactured before 1984. Extinguishers made of plastic are not recyclable and should be placed in the regular trash when empty. 

Fire extinguishers consist of a hand-held cylindrical pressure-vessel, usually made of steel or 
aluminum, and an agent which can be discharged to extinguish a fire.

There are two main types 
of fire extinguishers: stored pressure and cartridge-operated. Stored pressure fire extinguishers are the most common and typically contain a dry chemical as the agent. The dry chemical is typically mono ammonium sulfate, sodium bicarbonate or potassium bicarbonate—all of which are considered non-toxic.


Very old fire extinguishers (pre 1960’s) may contain carbon tetrachloride, a known 
carcinogen. If you have a very old fire extinguisher that contains carbon tetrachloride, contact the Solid Waste District

How should you dispose of an old fire extinguisher?

If it’s not empty:
The casing is usually made out of steel or aluminum and can be recycled. Recyclers will not accept containers that are not empty so you must discharge all contents first. Discharge outside, away from children or pets. Eye protection and a mask are recommended when discharging.

* Pull the pin on the extinguisher—this unlocks the operating lever.
* Squeeze the lever above the handle to discharge contents.
* Aim low and discharge contents into a bucket or another container.

After you’ve finished discharging extinguisher contents and nothing else comes out, 
remove the head from the container—this will let the recycler know that the extinguisher is empty. Remove any plastic pieces (plastic pieces go in the trash) and take to a scrap metal yard for recycling. Dispose of the collected non-toxic dry-chemical agent in the trash.

If it’s empty:
* Squeeze the lever above the handle to ensure that all contents are discharged.
* Remove the head so that the recycler knows the container is empty.
* Recycle the steel body. Once the head is removed, the container can be taken to a scrap metal yard. 

Do not place empty fire extinguishers in your curbside recycling.
 
For a list companies in Cuyahoga County that properly dispose of fire extinguishers, including commercial products, see ourBusiness Recycling Directory.

Flares

Flares


Some local fire departments have controlled burns or disposal programs for old or expired flares. Contact your community for more information.

The Cleveland Fire Department Fire Training Academy accepts flares for disposal, call (216) 664-6880. Cuyahoga Community College's Fire Training Academy may also provide proper disposal, call (216) 987-5076. The U.S. Coast Guard recommends that you dispose of flares at your local fire department or contact your closest Coast Guard station and ask if they hold flare training/demonstration days for the public.

Marine and road flares are not accepted in the Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program.

Scrap Metal

Scrap Metal


Scrap metal does not go in your curbside recycling bin. Recycle car parts, metal cord and rope, and scrap pieces at a local yard. Appliances can also be recycled at a scrap yard. There may be a small fee to remove Freon from refrigerators, air conditioners and dehumidifiers.

Some communities have a scrap metal drop-off for residents. Check with your city service department.

There are also hauling companies willing to pick up and haul away your scrap items. Earn a rebate for the metal. For a list of scrap metal recyclers, residents and businesses should see our Business Recycling Directory

Tires

Tires


When you buy new tires, dispose of your old tires through your tire retailer at the time of purchase. There is a small fee charged for tire disposal, which is a tax used for transporting and disposing of tires through state licensed facilities. If you already have tires at home, contact one of the following store chains who provide tire disposal for non-customers. These include Conrad’s Tire Express, Firestone Auto Care, and National Tire and Battery.

Some city service departments provide scrap tire collection. Check with your city service department.

In the State of Ohio, you must be licensed to haul more than 10 tires at a time. If you have more than 10 tires, or have a large tire pile to be cleaned up, call Liberty Tire (330.868.0097), TIMCO, LLC Recycling Division (330.523.6048) or US Tire Transportation (216.441.0950).

Businesses and organizations with tires must contact a licensed tire hauler for disposal service. See a list in our Business Recycling Directory.

Need to report an illegal tire dump? Did you see illegal dumping in Cleveland or a Cuyahoga County suburb? Call the Illegal Dumping Hotline at 216.664.DUMP.

Tools & (usable) Building Materials

Tools & (usable) Building Materials


The Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity ReStore accepts donations of tools (hand, power, and yard) appliances (10 years old or newer), windows/doors, cabinets, fixtures, sinks, furniture, lumber (6 ft. or longer) and more. All items must be in good, usable condition; they are cleaned and processed for sale to the general public. The Habitat ReStore has two locations: 2110 West 110th Street in Cleveland and 4601 Northfield Road in North Randall.

Call 216.429.3631 or visit (visit gchfh.org website) for more information

Usable tools can be donated to local community service organizations that use the items to support their work. See a list of donation opportunities below.