Recycle Bottles, Jugs, Jars, Cans and Paper/Cardboard at all our Recycling Drop-off Sites. Additional materials MAY be accepted in some curbside recycling programs. Click on each category to learn more.
Ever wonder what happens to your bottles and cans after you put them in the drop-off site bin? CLICK HERE to watch a video of what happens to our recyclable materials after they are collected and taken to our processing vendor, TC Recycling.
All metal food and beverage cans such as pop, beer, soup, vegetable, and tuna can be recycled in your curbside recycling or at any of our recycling drop-off locations. Cans should be emptied, rinsed, and then recycled.
Cans are made from either steel or aluminum. Aluminum cans put in your curbside recycling are processed and turned back in to new cans and foil that you’ll see on store shelves. Steel cans are recycled into new cans, car parts, and even bridges.
If your community does not offer curbside pick-up, a list of community single stream recycling drop-off locations can be found here.
Aluminum beverage cans may be turned in for cash at a local scrap yard.
Do not include scrap metal, car parts, wire and cord, or other metal objects in your curbside or drop-off recycling. These metal objects are dangerous for the workers and the sorting machinery at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF or recycling plant). Take the items to a local scrap yard.
Check with your Curbside Recycling Program
NOT ACCEPTED at our Recycling Drop Off Sites.
Cartons, the waxy-coated cardboard packaging for some food and beverage products such as 1/2 gallons of milk, orange juice, and ice cream, can be recycled in SOME curbside recycling programs. If you have curbside recycling at your home, check with your hauler (Republic Services, Waste Management, Ohio Valley Waste, etc.) to see if they accept cartons for recycling. If it is accepted, cartons should be emptied and rinsed. Replace the cap and place in your curbside recycling.
Cartons are mainly made from paperboard, as well as thin layers of plastic and/or aluminum. What you may see as wax on a carton is actually a thin layer of plastic. Some recycling processors have the machines to peel apart these layers and recycle both materials. This is why you must check with your hauler to see if they can accept cartons for recycling.
The paper fiber contained in cartons is extremely valuable and useful to make new products. The area of the country you live in (and the local mill) determines what your cartons will become. Some mills recycle cartons into tissues, while others use the paper fibers to make office paper. In some cases, they are even being used as one of the materials for wall boards manufacturing. By recycling, your cartons are put back in business as the items you use every day!
Glass is now accepted at all of our Recycling Drop-off Sites and in all curbside recycling programs.
Check with your Curbside Recycling Program
Not all glass can be recycled. Think food and beverage containers ONLY (pickle jars, beer bottles, etc.)!
New glass objects are easier to make from recycled bottles than from raw materials. When you recycle glass, it’s reused to make new bottles and fiberglass that are used every day.
Broken glass can be cleaned up, contained in a paper box or bag and placed in the regular trash.
Paper, which includes everything from packaging and newspaper to mail, magazines, cartons and cardboard boxes – are all accepted in community recycling curbside programs as well as recycling drop-off sites.
Paper is the most recycled material in the U.S. You can recycle many types of mixed paper (paper & boxes) at our recycling drop-off sites or in your curbside recycling.
Mixed paper should be placed loose in a curbside recycling cart or bin. If you must use bags to hold your recycling, choose brown kraft bags instead of plastic bags. Flatten cardboard. When setting mixed paper and boxes at the curb for recycling, make sure it’s empty, clean, dry and out of the rain or weather.
ACCEPTED ITEMS FOR RECYCLING:
DO NOT Include
The shape of the container determines if it is accepted for recycling. We no longer look at the recycling number (#1, #2, etc.) to determine if an item is accepted for recycling. Plastic bottles, jugs, and jars are 100 percent recyclable and accepted in Geauga-Trumbull’s recycling drop-off sites bins. They are also accepted in ALL curbside programs offered by recycling haulers like Republic Services, Rumpke, Waste Management, Ohio Valley Waste, etc. This includes items like water and soda bottles, shampoo bottles, milk, water and juice jugs, laundry detergent jugs, and peanut butter jars. Bottles, jugs and jars should be emptied and rinsed. Replace the cap and put in your recycling.
Why can’t all plastics be recycled?
Recycling is a business. The recycling processor sorts out materials by shape and type of plastic, bundles it into bales and resells the materials to a manufacturer to be used to make a new product. Recycling processors only accept materials that they can resell. Different recycling processors may accept different materials for recycling because they have a vendor to purchase it after it is processed. ALL local vendors (Waste Management, Republic Services, Rumpke, Ohio Valley Waste, etc.) accept plastic bottles jugs and jars. Some may also accept plastic tubs (i.e. butter, whipped cream, yogurt, etc.). We DO NOT accept tubs at our recycling drop-off sites.
Please support recycling by not putting other types of plastic into your recycling container. If you do, it will cost the recycling hauler or processor additional money to sort it out, increasing future costs to us and you for recycling services.
Why do plastics have numbers inside recycling symbols if they’re not recyclable?
The numbers on plastic containers are resin codes used by the plastics industry to identify the type of chemicals used to make the container. The codes do not always mean that the item is recyclable, so we no longer look at the numbers on plastics to determine if it goes in curbside recycling.
The shape of the container determines if it is accepted for recycling. Only recycle items shaped like bottles and jugs. If it has a neck (with an opening or a neck that’s more narrow than the body), it can be placed in recycling.
What happens if I place the wrong plastics in my curbside recycling? Can I just throw in any plastic that I want and let someone else figure it out?
No. If there is too much of the wrong materials (contamination) in the curbside recycling mix, there is a chance that the recycling plant will choose to put everything, even the good recycling, in the regular trash.
DO NOT PLACE ITEMS IN PLASTIC BAGS FOR RECYCLING!
Do not recycle these items: