Motor Oil

Motor Oil

Retail oil change locations and auto parts stores accept used motor oil for recycling.

Recycling drop-offs include Advance Auto Parts, Firestone Complete Auto Care, Napa Auto Parts and O'Reilly Auto Parts. Motor oil must be clean and not mixed with other fluids. Some locations pour-off onsite and require you to take your empty containers with you. Check with your local store for details.

Some city service departments collect used motor oil year-round from residents for recycling. Check with your communityMotor oil is also accepted in the Household Hazardous Waste Program, offered seasonally by your city service department.

Empty motor oil and antifreeze jugs may have residue of the hazardous materials they held and should be placed in the trash, not recycling, for proper disposal.

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 pre-1960's 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 our Business Recycling Directory.



Do not place marine flares, road flares, fireworks, ammunition and other explosives in the regular trash.

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 may accept accept flares for training in controlled burns. Call (216) 664-6880.

Also, the Cuyahoga Community College Fire Training Academy may accept flares for training in controlled burns. 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. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is also an option for disposing of flares in a controlled burn setting.

Regarding fireworks and ammunition, contact your local safety services department or a pyrotechnics company regarding disposal of unwanted products or items. 

Marine flares, road flares, fireworks, ammunition and other explosives are not accepted in the Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program. 

Scrap Metal

Scrap Metal

Do not place any scrap metal in your curbside recycling. The only metal that belongs in your curbside recycling are aluminum and steel cans. 
Other scrap metal like cookie and popcorn tins, car parts, appliances, license plates, wire hangers and hot water tanks can be recycled at a local scrap yard or through a community scrap metal drop-off for residents. Check with your community

Before recycling a license plate, we recommend cutting it in some way so it cannot be used by someone else.
For a list of scrap metal recyclers, see our Business Recycling Directory. There may be a small fee to remove Freon refrigerant from refrigerators, air conditioners and dehumidifiers.
There are also hauling companies willing to pick up and haul away your scrap metal items. Check the Yellow Pages for rubbish removal services.




When you buy new tires, dispose of your old tires at the place and time of purchase. There will be a small fee charged to cover the cost of disposing your old tires at a state licensed facility. If you already have tires at home, contact a tire retail store such as Conrad’s Tire Express, Firestone Auto Care, and National Tire and Battery. These may dispose of tires for non-customers. Also, your city may provide scrap tire collection. Check with your city service department.

In the State of Ohio, you must be registered with Ohio EPA to transport more than 10 tires at a time. If you have more than 10 tires, or have a large tire pile to be cleaned up, contact a registered tire transporter for disposal services. See our Business Recycling Directory for local companies or contact the Ohio EPA for a complete list of registered tire transporters.

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

Do not place tools, lumber, glass panes or building materials in your recycling cart or bin.

Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity ReStore accepts donations of tools (hand, power, and yard) appliances (10 years old or less), windows and doors, cabinets, fixtures, sinks, furniture, lumber (6 ft. or longer) and more. All items must be in good, usable condition. Items are cleaned and processed for resale to the general public.

Habitat has two ReStore locations: 2110 West 110th Street in Cleveland and 4601 Northfield Road in North Randall. Call Habitat for Humanity at (216) 429-3631 or visit their website for more information.

Larger items (lawnmowers, snowblowers) in non-working condition may be picked up by your city on bulky waste collection day. Contact your city service department for details. 

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