Combine cans, cartons, glass, paper, boxes and plastic bottles in blue recycling bags or bins and place them at the curb on your regular trash collection day. Blue bags can be purchased at many stores where trash bags are sold, or you may use blue grocery store bags. Items can also be placed in bins without bagging them.
Recycling contamination, which happens when well-intentioned recyclers mistakenly put the wrong items into their recycling, is a problem nationwide and can wreak havoc on the recycling process in Cuyahoga County and around the world.
Cuyahoga County has simplified the process:
: Empty and rinse.
: Empty and rinse. Replace the cap -- it’s too small to be recycled by itself!
GLASS BOTTLES & JARS
: Empty and rinse.
PAPER & BOXES
: Flatten cardboard items, like cereal boxes, to save space.
PLASTIC BOTTLES & JUGS
: Empty and rinse. Replace the cap.
Place these items loose – not bagged – in your recycling bin, bag or cart. All items should be clean, empty and dry. Plastic bottles and jugs include items with an opening or neck that is narrower than the body.
Learn more about recycling best practices at www.cuyahogarecycles.org/how_to_recycle
No more numbers 1-7
Did you know numbers 1-7 are no longer used to determine if a plastic item is recyclable? Instead, you now need to look at the shape of a plastic container to see if it can be recycled. Click here for a handy plastics guide.
For more details about recycling, visit the Cuyahoga county Solid Waste District at CuyahogaRecycles.org or CuyahogaRecycles.org/strongsville.
The Solid Waste District also offers Recycling FAQs for Cuyahoga County and information on how to recycle properly.
For more information or to report a problem with recycling, call Jennifer Milbrandt, the city’s coordinator of natural resources, at (440) 580-3124 or Republic Waste at (440) 572-7590.
Clothing and Other Household Goods
The city contracts free of charge with the company Simple Recycling to collect old clothing and fabrics to keep old textiles out of landfills and instead have them recycled.
Residents can place unusable household items and unwearable clothing (items not fit to donate to charity thrift shops) in special orange bags provided by Simple Recycling and place them at the curb on their regular trash day. The company will pick them up and leave replacement bags. Items will be sorted locally; anything usable will be sold to thrift outlets, while other items will be processed for raw materials.
To request more bags or for more information, visit Simplerecycling.com, call (866) 835-5068 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please click here for a list of acceptable items.
The Recycling Center is in the parking lot of the Strongsville Emergency Food Bank, behind the Communications and Technology Building, 13213 Pearl Rd.
Cans, cartons, plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars can be dropped off in the large blue container. See the curbside recycling list above for details.
Paper and boxes, telephone books, office paper, junk mail and shredded paper can be recycled year-round in the green River Valley paper recycling containers. See the curbside recycling list above for details about mixed paper. River Valley containers are also located at the Municipal Building at 16099 Foltz Parkway, at fire stations and Surrarrer Park.
Click here to see Strongsville's 2019 Recycling Newsletter, with important information about all types of recycling, brush collection and various events.
Disposing of Other Items
Household Hazardous Waste
Strongsville hosts several collections of household hazardous waste each year at the Service Center, 16099 Foltz Parkway.
The round-ups are for households only, not for waste generated by businesses, schools, churches, charity organizations, camps or other groups. NOTE: LATEX PAINT IS NOT ACCEPTED AT THESE COLLECTIONS.
In 2020, the collections are set for:
April 30 - May 2
September 10 - 12
Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Materials accepted – oil or solvent-based paint (no latex paint), varnish, mineral spirits, caustic household cleaners, adhesives, gasoline, sealers, polyurethane, herbicides, automotive fluids, roof tar, lighter fluid, primers and coatings, shellac, pesticides, motor oil, driveway sealer, mercury, paint thinner, turpentine, fungicides, car batteries and kerosene.
NO LATEX PAINT!!!!
NOT accepted: LATEX PAINT. You can dispose of latex paint in your regular trash, as long as it is solidified. To dry a small amount, leave the lid off for several days until the paint hardens. For larger amounts, mix in a drying agent like cat litter, sawdust, plaster of Paris, Oil-dri or waste paint hardeners found at home improvement stores. Leave the lid off and place in a regular trash bag. Do NOT throw liquid paint in the regular trash or pour down a drain or storm sewer.
Also not accepted: explosives, gun powder, ammunition, flares, medical waste, pharmaceuticals, sharps and radioactive waste.
The collection facility is under video surveillance. Dropping off items during unauthorized times could lead to fines.
IMPORTANT -- PLEASE NOTE THESE CHANGES:
Batteries and fluorescent bulbs
(including CFLs, the small, squiggly lightbulbs) WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED
at the Household Hazardous Waste collection. Cuyahoga County has implemented this change because those items are accepted for recycling at retail stores. CFLs can be recycled at Home Depo
t and Lowe'
s locations. Batteries Plus Bulbs
, which has a store at 7611 W. Ridgewood Drive in Parma, will accept all types of bulbs for recycling, as well as some batteries (the Strongsville store no longer accepts them). A small fee may apply. Some home improvement stores will also take rechargeable batteries for recycling.
Standard single-use batteries (AA, AAA, etc.) can be placed in your regular trash. Please see the links below for more infomation from Cuyahoga County on recycling batteries and fluorescent bulbs.
Battery Recycling in Cuyahoga County
Fluorescent Bulb Recycling in Cuyahoga County
Place syringes in a heavy plastic container like a detergent or 2-liter soda bottle, put on the cap and then tape it securely shut. Write “SHARPS” on the outside of the container and take it to the Transfer Station for safe disposal.
Please cut into 3-foot sections and roll and tie carpeting. Bundles should NOT exceed 35 pounds. Place at curb on your regular trash day.
Mattresses can be left out with your regular trash for pick-up, but if you'd like to recycle your mattress rather than have it go to a landfill, click this link to see other options for disposing of mattresses.
Furniture and appliances
Residents can place large items like sofas, mattresses, doors, dressers, tables and other furniture at the curb on their regular trash collection day.
Appliances should also be left at the curb on your regular trash pickup day. Before putting it out, Freon must be removed from appliances (refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers and air conditioners may contain Freon) by a certified professional and the appliance must be tagged. Republic Waste will NOT pick up the item if there is no tag. Doors on freezers and refrigerators must be removed.
Strongsville residents can drop off their computers for recycling at the dock garage doors at the Service Center, 16099 Foltz Parkway, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays.
Acceptable components include monitors, CPUs, printers, terminals, keyboards, mice, modems, software, cell phones and ink cartridges.
When a flag becomes torn, faded or soiled, you may deopsit it into a drop box near the tennis courts on Zverina Drive. The VFW of Strongsville will properly retire the flags with a ceremony.
Plastic bags are one of the most common items taken to landfills. To reduce the number, Giant Eagle and Marc's now offer plastic bag recycling.
The city will recycle Christmas trees by chipping them and taking them to a state-approved compost facility rather than to a landfill. Remove ALL lights and ornaments from your tree and leave it at the curb on your regular trash day. The service typically runs through January, but is weather dependent. If it snows, crews may instead be assigned to plow.
Strongsville hosts a Shred Day each year in which residents can bring their documents to be shredded. This year, Shred Day is:
June 13, 2020 -- 9 a.m. to noon at the Service Center, 16099 Foltz Parkway
Acceptable items: (Small paper clips and staples can still be attached) accounting ledger paper, adding machine tape, advertisements, booklets/brochures, copy machine paper, colored paper - 20 pound, computer paper, envelopes, faxes, manila file folders, greeting cards, laser printer paper, legal pad paper, Post-it notes, NCR paper, receipts and all types of white paper.
NOT ACCEPTED: Newspapers, phone books, magazines, binders, books, pendaflex folders, food and candy wrappers, waxed paper, photographs, napkins and Styrofoam containers.
PLEASE NOTE: CURBSIDE BRUSH CHIPPING IS SUSPENDED DURING THE FALL, WHEN CREWS ARE INSTEAD ASSIGNED TO PICK UP LEAVES AND PLOW SNOW. IT TYPICALLY ENDS IN EARLY OCTOBER AND RESUMES IN LATE MARCH OR EARLY APRIL.
FOR THE 2019 SEASON, NO BRUSH PICKUP REQUESTS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER OCT. 6, 2019. TO DISPOSE OF BRUSH AFTER THAT TIME, LEAVE IT OUT FOR REPUBLIC WASTE, FOLLOWING THEIR GUIDELINES (SEE BELOW, NO. 2), OR WAIT FOR PICKUP UNTIL SPRING 2020.
There are three ways for residents to dispose of brush:
1. Take brush to the Transfer Station.
2. Bundle branches in 4-foot lengths and leave out for Republic Waste on your regular trash day. Bundles must be tied and can weigh no more than 50 pounds each.
3. Call the Strongsville Service Department for pickup at (440) 580-3170 after you've placed the branches at the curb. The city will add you to the pickup schedule. NOTE: Depending on the volume of calls, branch chipping by the city can take up to three weeks. If you'd rather not wait, tie your branches into bundles for trash pick-up or bring them to the transfer station. Note that Service Department brush pickup and chipping does not take place during the fall and winter.
NEW: This service is limited to two pick-ups per address per year.
Guidelines for city's brush chipping service:
- This service is for routine yard maintenance only. No land clearing, no stumps, no root balls and no shrubs. NO ENTIRE TREES will be picked up
- The city will ONLY pick up at the curb (do not obstruct sidewalk or street)
Place all cut ends in one direction toward the street
Keep pile as neat as possible (branches only, no steel, metal, debris or stumps)
Branches can be no more than 6 inches in diameter
- Branches must be longer than 4 feet to safely insert into the chipper
- Only normal residential brush is accepted – no land clearing. If you hire a contractor, the contractor is responsible for removing the brush
- No shrubs, stumps or root balls will be accepted at the curb.
: The city's brush removal service is intended only for routine maintenance of your property -- NOT FOR DISPOSAL OF ENTIRE TREES
. If you have a tree removed from your yard, arrange with the contractor to dispose of the tree. If you cut down a tree yourself, you can take the tree to the transfer station for disposal. Entire trees will not be picked up at the curb.
Strongsville will chip the brush and take it to an approved composting facility, keeping the material from going into a landfill. Due to the possibility of transmitting disease or insects, wood chips are not available to the public.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY COLLECTION
Strongsville hosts an annual collection of construction and rehab materials for for Habitat and its ReStore. This year, you can drop off items:
May 9, 2020, 9 a.m. to noon, Service Center, 16099 Foltz Parkway.
Accepted items include sinks, vanities, kitchen counters, electrical/plumbing supplies, furniture, refrigerators, washer/dryers, microwaves, doors, freezers, air conditioners, counter tops, lumber (6/8 foot), tools, and garden tools and supplies. All items should be usable and complete. No paint, bedding or clothing.
MEDWISH Supply Drive will take place during the Habitat drive, 9 a.m. to noon May 9, 2020 at the Service Center. Residents can bring unused medical supplies to be donated. Click here for more information.
Links to other recycling and refuse disposal information:
Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District
Strongsville’s Brush Chipping Program
Strongsville Transfer Station
Strongsville contracts with Republic Waste Services for rubbish collection and curbside recycling. For questions about your trash pickup, please call Republic at (440) 572-7590.