What is the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District (CCSWD)?
The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District is the public agency helping the people of Cuyahoga County reduce, reuse and recycle at home, at work and in their communities. They serve as the leading resource in the County for information, expertise and programs that support sustainable materials management and reduce the environmental impact of waste. Visit www.CuyahogaRecycles.org or call (216) 443-3749 to learn how to recycle in your community and discover other recycling and disposal options.
5 Ways to Recycle Right
Done correctly, recycling is an easy way to make a difference in preserving the planet.
Once you’ve got the hang of recycling, you can also learn about various other eco-friendly topics from composting to zero-waste lifestyles. There’s seemingly no end to the ways we can reduce, reuse and recycle for a cleaner and greener today and tomorrow.
Welcome 2020! What is your resolution for the new year? If you made a resolution to recycle better and recycle right, we have some top tips to help you get started:
RECYCLE only the correct items in curbside recycling, including cans, cartons, glass bottles and jars, paper and boxes plus plastic bottles and jugs. Putting the wrong items in your curbside mix (wishcycling) can cause high contamination rates at the recycling plant and results in more items going to the landfill.
County Bag Ban in Effect January 1
Cuyahoga County’s plastic bag ban went into effect on January 1. The ordinance prohibits Cuyahoga County grocers and retailers from providing plastic bags at the checkout. It was passed by County Council in May 2019.
Learn more about the ban and the type of bags it includes at www.cuyahogacounty.us/byobag. For questions about the bag ban, contact the Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs at (216) 443-7035.
What Do I Do With?…Broken, Burned-Out Holiday Lights
Don’t toss those unwanted lights in the trash. Christmas, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving and Halloween string lights can be recycled! Drop off broken or unusable holiday lights and power cords for recycling at city service departments and the Solid Waste District until January 24. Learn more.
Super Bowl Party? Join the Winning Team by Recycling Right
The big game is coming! The NFL playoffs quickly lead us to the biggest U.S. sporting event of the year. The Super Bowl (and the parties that accompany it) generate a lot of trash. Be prepared to tackle waste and recycling during football’s main event on Sunday, February 2. Learn how to reduce, reuse and recycle at your next big party or event.
Learn How to Recycle Right at Work
Our staff can help businesses, organizations and nonprofits find answers to questions about:
• the cost of waste disposal;
• service contracts;
• waste reduction in facilities;
• how to start a workplace recycling program;
• commercial composting.
Learn more about workplace recycling or see a list of free seminars in 2020.
The Christmas trees are coming down. Artificial trees that have reached the end of their life go in the trash. If you purchased a live tree this year, you have a few options for disposal. Most cities offer a pick-up service in January. Or, donate your tree to a local farm as a snack for goats. Details here.