Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District News

What is the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District or CCSWD for short?

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. We 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 or call 216.443.3749 to learn how to recycle in your community and discover other recycling and disposal options.

Upcoming Events:

Learn Backyard Composting 101 at Upcoming Free Seminars Scheduled Throughout Cuyahoga County

Composting-made-easy is the theme of the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District’s 2018 composting seminars and bin sales taking place at local municipalities throughout the spring and summer.  The informative seminars are designed to teach residents how to properly compost yard waste and food scraps in their backyards while offering low cost compost bins for sale.  Backyard composting helps reduce the amount of organic waste sent to landfills while creating a healthy soil additive that can be used in gardens and landscapes.

Compost seminars are open to all county residents and registration is required. To register for a seminar visit or call 216.443.3731.

What is compost? Compost consists of organic materials derived from plants and some animal material that has been decomposed largely through aerobic decomposition (with oxygen). The process of composting is simple and is practiced by individuals in their homes, farmers on their land and by industries and cities through contracts with composting businesses.

Compost is rich in nutrients. It is used in gardens, landscaping, horticulture and agriculture. The compost itself is beneficial for the land in many ways, including as a soil conditioner, a fertilizer to add vital humus or humic acids, and as a natural pesticide for soil. In ecosystems, compost is useful for erosion control, land and stream reclamation and wetland construction.

The schedule is as follows:

April 17, 2018
Compost Seminar & Bin Sale
7:00 PM
Solid Waste District, 4750 East 131 Street, Garfield Heights

April 24, 2018
Compost Seminar & Bin Sale
6:30 p.m.
City of Pepper Pike Fire Station, 28000 Shaker Boulevard

May 22, 2018
6:00 PM
Parma Heights City Hall, 6281 Pearl Road

June 5, 2018
7:00 PM
University Heights City Hall, 2300 Warrensville Center Road

July 9, 2018
7:00 PM
BraeView Rehab Center (dining room), 20611 Euclid Avenue, Euclid

August 14, 2018
6:30 PM
Mayfield Village Civic Center, 6622 Wilson Mills Road


The following items are available for purchase by cash or check only:

Wishing Well Composter – $50.00
Ultimate Dirt Machine Digester – $50.00
Yard Butler (aeration tool) – $20.00
Compost Thermometer – $10.00
Sure-Close Compost Pail – $5.00


April is Earth Month!
During the month of April, the Solid Waste District is busy helping people in Cuyahoga County learn how to care for the earth and our environment. Our six staff members work to empower residents, communities and organizations to manage their waste responsibly by reducing, reusing, recycling and composting.

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 around the world to commemorate and demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first held in 1970. This year, attend a compost seminar, celebrate at Party for the Planet at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, get involved with Cuyahoga Valley National Park Earth Day/Global Youth Service Day, join the movement at Earth Day Network, or see a list of other Northeast Ohio activities.