How to Recycle


Recycle More, Recycle Better in Cuyahoga County

No matter where you live in Cuyahoga County, you can include cans, cartons, glass bottles and jars, paper and boxes along with plastic bottles and jugs in your home recycling.  In fact, you can cut your trash in half when you combine only these five items in your curbside recycling. Recycle more, recycle better, recycle right.

Check the list of recycling do's and don'ts below.

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IN-HOME RECYCLING (BLUE)

Combine only these five core items in your home or curbside recycling container. Keep them loose -- there is no need to bag them.

in-home recycling items

  • CANS: Empty and rinse.

  • CARTONS: Empty and rinse. Replace the cap -- it’s too small to be recycled by itself!

  • GLASS: Empty and rinse.

  • PAPER & BOXES: Flatten cardboard items, like cereal boxes, to save space. 

  • PLASTIC BOTTLES & JUGS: Empty and rinse. Replace the cap.

Items placed in cursbide collection for recycling should be clean, empty and dry.

Learn more about these items and more by clicking the link or using the "What Do I Do With?" search bar at the top of the page.


OTHER RECYCLING (YELLOW)

It's important to recycle correctly. Some items don't belong in your curbside recycling. Many items items can be recycled, reused or donated elsewhere. Here are some examples.


Learn more about these items and more by clicking the link or using the "What Do I Do With?" search bar at the top of the page.


PROPER DISPOSAL (red)

Some items require special handling for proper disposal.


Learn more about these items and more by clicking the link or using the "What Do I Do With?" search bar at the top of the page.


Landfill (black)

Not everything can be recycled. Place these items in the trash.





Learn more about these items and more by clicking the link or using the "What Do I Do With?" search bar at the top of the page.


Cuyahoga Recycles Info Card

This quick reference card explaining the do's and don'ts of curbside recycling, including items that should be recycled elsewhere, disposed of properly or landfilled. 5.5"x8.5" postcard. 
View the PDF or request a copy.

Global changes to recycling


Learn more about the global changes to recycling and what factors determine if something can be recycled.

Want more details? See our recycling FAQs, read more about how recycling works or find specifics about recycling in your community.

Still have questions?

 
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