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Recycling Right

Three-Part Recycling Seminar Series

The City of North Olmsted Service Department is teaming up with the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District to bring you a 3-part series on recycling. Learn all about recycling in today’s world and how we can recycle better!  Mark your calendars and join us.

All 3 seminars will be held at the Community Cabin beginning at 6:00 PM. Open to the public and all ages.

June 25th – Recycle More, Recycle Better
July 25th – How Recycling Works
August 20th – Waste: Reduce & Reuse

Recycling Information Series Flyer

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 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.

  1. Leave recyclables loose – not bagged. Plastic bags do not belong in your recycling bin or cart. Plastic bags get tangled in the sorting machines at the recycling facilities and cause major problems for the recycling process. Plastic shopping bags can be recycled at many retail locations, including Giant Eagle, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Marc’s, Target and Walmart stores.
  2. Make sure it’s clean and empty. Rinse residue from cartons, containers, bottles and jars or any other recyclable that may contain food particles. For example, greasy pizza boxes are not accepted.
  3. Keep it dry. When it comes to paper and cardboard, keeping it dry is imperative for the recycling process. Please flatten all cardboard boxes as well.
  4. Don’t wishcycle. Think you can throw everything into your recycling bin and it will get sorted out at the recycling plant? Think again. Recycling only these five core items is paramount: cans, cartons, glass, paper and plastic along with plastic bottles and jugs.
  5. Join a social media community. Share a post. Do a story. Get engaged with the social media accounts in your community. You’ll find Cuyahoga County’s accounts located on Facebook, on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.

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.

Spring = Yard Clean Ups

As you clean up from winter and ready your yard for the spring and summer growing seasons, consider these important yard waste tips:

  • Do not line paper yard waste bags with plastic bags.
  • Keep the debris out. Only include grass clippings, leaves and brush in yard waste bags or bins.
  • NO rocks, sod, soil, gravel, roots and logs in yard waste bags or bins.
  • NO plastic edging, fertilizer bags or product packaging, trash and other debris in yard waste bags or bins.
  • NO flower pots. Empty plastic flower pots, packs and flats should be reused or placed in the trash for disposal. See more about flower pots.
  • NO hoses, rakes and other yard tools in yard waste bags or bins.

See more about proper disposal of yard waste, including a list of local yard waste facilities, and backyard composting here.

Properly Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste

Residents of Cuyahoga County can safely dispose of hazardous, poisonous or toxic household products through our ongoing Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program. Clean out your garage or basement and drop hazardous waste off at your city service department on designated collection days. Learn more.

Free Rx Disposal Events Offered by NEORSD

What do you do with your outdated or unused medications at home? Don’t flush them. Flushing pills down the toilet can be a water quality issue. Wastewater treatment plants are not equipped to remove pharmaceuticals from the wastewater. Flushed medications could affect the environment and endanger public health.

Protect your family and the environment by properly disposing of your medications and mercury thermometers at an upcoming Pitch Those Pills collection event, offered by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. Events will be held throughout Cuyahoga County from April-October. See details.

Earth Day Reflections and the Environment

The outrage that sparked environmental change in the 1970’s can also spark the change we need now, 49 years later, to address current problems of plastic pollution, climate change and the rollback of our environmental laws. Read our new blog post.

What Do I Do With?…Helium & Oxygen Tanks

Balloons are a gas. But disposing of that helium tank takes a little bit of work. Empty helium tanks purchased from a retail store should be punctured and recycled at a local scrap metal yard. Medical cylinders should be disposed or recycled through the company it was purchased or received from. Learn more.

Take the #Trashtag Challenge

Hey students, it’s time to get involved in your community! This spring, participate in our Clean Up Cuyahoga project by picking up litter and sprucing up your neighborhood. We’ll provide the supplies to support your efforts. See details.

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