Non-Accepted Items

These items ARE NOT ACCEPTED at the recycling drop-off sites or in your curbside recycling bins. 

Acrylic Plastic

Do not place acrylic plastic, such as Plexiglas, in
curbside or drop- off recycling.

Aluminum Foil

Aluminum foil and foil pans should
not be included in drop-off or curbside recycling bins. Recycle clean aluminum
foil at a local scrap metal yard, along
with your other scrap metal items.
You may receive a rebate.

Asbestos

Ohio law and rules require that persons
certified as Asbestos Hazard Evaluation
Specialists be used to identify,
detect and assess asbestos-containing
materials. This list is available free of charge
by contacting the Ohio Department of Health Asbestos Program at (614) 466-0061.

Broken Ceramics

Do not place broken ceramics
or glass in drop-off or curbside recycling bins.
Put them in the trash.

Car Seats

Do not place in curbside or drop-off recycling bins. Car seats no longer in good condition should be placed in the trash for proper disposal. Cut straps prior to disposal to render them useless.

Carpet and Carpet Padding

Please dispose of carpet and
carpet padding through your waste hauler.
Contact your hauler for more details.
If your hauler will not pickup,
you may take to a landfill or transfer station.

Cassette Tapes and CDs

Film tape is a tangler that can wrap around the processing equipment at the recycling facilities and can shut down operation.
Greendisk offers a mail-back service-recycling program for VHS audiocassette tapes, CDs, etc.
Contact them by phone at 800.306.DISK

Christmas Trees

Do not place Christmas Trees in curbside
or drop-off recycling bins.
Cities offer programs to turn your tree
to mulch or wood chips or donate to a
State park or local farm.

Construction Debris

Any materials from household
construction or repair, such as toilets, wood pieces, drywall, etc. are not accepted at the recycling drop-off sites or our Collection Facilities. They must be placed out with your regular trash or taken to a local transfer station or landfill for disposal.

Cups

Sorry, those disposable paper and
plastic beverage cups cannot
be recycled in drop-off or curbside recycling bins.

Durable Plastics

Do not place durable plastic items such
as plastic chairs, toys, litter buckets,
hangers, or flowerpots in curbside recycling
or our drop-off recycling bins. If item
cannot be donated for reuse, place it
in the regular trash for proper disposal.

Flower Pots and Flats

Do not place in curbside or drop-off recycling bins. Check with nurseries and garden centers for reuse. Otherwise, place in the trash.


Flares

Some local fire departments may
accept old or expired flares. Marine flares,
road flares, fireworks, ammunition and
other explosives are not accepted at
our Collection Facilities.

Mattresses

Currently there are no local recycling
options for mattresses. Contact your
waste hauler to see what their
guidelines are for bulky waste pickup. If your hauler will not pick up, residents can
take to a landfill or transfer station.

Packing Peanuts

Do not place in drop-off recycling. Styrofoam peanuts can be donated to a store that ships packages or reuse for your own packing material. If they cannot be donated or reused, put in the regular trash.

Styrofoam Containers

Do not place these in drop-off or curbside recycling bins. Food grade Styrofoam "clamshell" containers, cups and
trays cannot be recycled
in Northeast Ohio. These items should
be disposed of in the regular trash.

Shrink Wrap

Do not place plastic shrink wrap or
bubble wrap in curbside recycling or drop-off recycling bins. Place in the trash for proper disposal.


Smoke Detectors

Residents can dispose of smoke detectors in the regular trash or ship it back to the manufacturer for proper disposal.

Tanglers

Do not place items that tangle
in drop-off or curbside recycling bins. Tanglers are things like bags, films, ropes, cords, hoses,
light strings and wires that jam
sorting machinery by wrapping around the equipment discs and wheels.

Toner Cartridges

Residents and businesses can recycle
ink and toner cartridges through local
retailers such as Staples or other
specialized companies. You may
receive a rebate.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is not accepted at the recycling drop-off sites or our Collection Facilities. It must be placed out with your regular trash or taken to a local transfer station or landfill for disposal.

Wood and Lumber

Residents and businesses can recycle
wood and lumber through specialized companies or a construction and
demolition debris landfill.

Yard Waste

Yard waste can be composted in your
backyard. Check with your community to
see if they offer seasonal yard waste
collection for residents.

Learn More

Styrofoam is a trade name for foam packaging made of expanded polystyrene (EPS). Foam packaging and foam containers are hard to recycle because they take up so much space relative to their weight, and few markets exist.
 
Foam Containers
Do not place these in your drop-off or curbside recycling. Food grade foam “clamshell” containers, cups and trays cannot be recycled in Northeast Ohio. These items should be disposed of in the regular trash.
 
Foam Packaging/Blocks
Do not place foam packaging in your curbside or drop-off recycling bins. Reuse options for foam packaging are limited. Some local shipping/packing stores, such as a UPS or Fedex store, MAY accept block foam for reuse. Please call any store before dropping off. Otherwise, foam packaging should be disposed of in the regular trash.
 
Packing Peanuts
There are no recycling options for foam peanuts. Also, collection programs at retail stores no longer exist. Instead, consider a reuse project at home or place them in the regular trash for disposal.

Do not place thick plastic items such as plastic toys, buckets, hangers, furniture and flower pots in your curbside recycling or at our recycling drop-off sites. If the item cannot be donated for reuse, place it in the regular trash for disposal.

Do not place ceramics, pottery or baking glassware in your curbside or drop-off recycling bins. Put them in the trash.

 The following glass items should not be recycled:
 
  • NO Glass contaminated with stones, dirt, and food waste
  • NO Ceramics, such as dishware, ovenware, and decorative items
  • NO Heat-resistant glass, such as Pyrex
  • NO Mirror or window glass
  • NO Crystal
  • NO Light bulbs
  • NO Cathode-ray tubes (CRTs) found in some televisions and computer monitors

If ceramics or glass items are in good, usable condition, consider donating them to a local organization that can reuse or resell the item to support their programs and services. 

Do not place items that tangle in drop-off or curbside recycling bins. 

Tanglers are things like bags, films, ropes, cords, hoses, light strings and wires that jam sorting machinery by wrapping around the equipment discs and wheels. This creates problems and can shut down an entire Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) or recycling plant that sorts recyclables.

Some of these items can be recycled elsewhere. Plastic bags and film can be recycled at many retail locations. Find a location at www.plasticfilmrecycling.org

Light strands and cords can be recycled year-round at either of our Collection Facilities.

Some other retailers accept Christmas lights for recycling during the winter months.

Can I recycle my coffee cup, fast food cup, red plastic cup or other party cup?

Sorry, those disposable paper and plastic beverage cups cannot be recycled with your home recycling. Do not place them in with curbside or drop-off recycling.

The rigid thermoform plastics are brittle and break apart while moving through the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF or recycling plant). The loose pieces end up mixed into the good, recyclable glass and paper in the plant. Make sure the fast food cups, red plastic party cups (and all other colors) make it into the trash instead.

We no longer look at the number on plastics to determine if a plastic item is recyclable. The numbers are resin codes used by the plastics industry to identify the chemicals used to make the container. The codes do not always mean that the item is recyclable. The only plastic that belongs in curbside recycling are bottles, jugs and jars.

Paper cups have a thin layer of plastic coating on them to protect them from condensation. The plastic coating sprayed on paper cups makes the paperboard underneath impossible to recycle in the standard pulp process because the container will not break apart during recycling.

The lids from beverage cups are also not recyclable. Place them in the trash.

If you don’t want to throw plastic cups in the trash, consider purchasing refillable cups at your favorite coffee house. You can also take advantage of a mail-back recycling program offered by  TerraCycle. They offer national programs (Brigades®) to collect previously non-recyclable or hard to recycle waste. The company offers a collection program for rigid plastic cups. Most of the TerraCycle’s Brigades offer free shipping as well as a rebate or donation for each piece that you collect. Learn more about TerraCycle’s Brigade programs.