How to Recycle

Recycle Better, Recycle Right 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. Reduce your trash when you combine only these five items in your curbside recycling. Recycle better, recycle right.

Check the list of recycling material do's and don'ts (with color codes) below.

[video] See more about how to recycle in Cuyahoga County.


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


It's important to recycle correctly. Some items don't belong in your curbside recycling. Many 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.


Some items require special handling for proper disposal.

Landfill (black)

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

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 worldwide 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.

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