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Simple Recycling

The City of Brooklyn has partnered with Simple Recycling, based in Solon, Ohio, for the curbside collection of clothing, shoes, textiles, and household goods. This program accepts reusable items as well as torn, stained, and otherwise irreparable clothing, linens, and working, small appliances that can be moved by one man. 

How it works: On your regularly scheduled recycling day, Brooklyn residents place your materials curbside, inside special bags provided by Simple Recycling. Special labeled tags are also available if you have household goods that are easier to box up. Simple Recycling will replenish your bag and tag supplies as you use them. To request additional bags, visit out their website at or contact Simple Recycling at 866-835-5068.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, 85% of textiles are not donated or recycled. That equates to an average of 70 pounds of textiles per person being thrown away every year. The City of Brooklyn asking its residents to help lower those statistics by recycling clothing, shoes, and household textiles. For information and a complete list of accepted items please visit or call 1-866-835-5068


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recycling numbers have increased

The City of Brooklyn has seen a significant increase in our recycling numbers in the first 6 months of Automated Recycling.  Compared to last year, we have collected 78.36 tons of more material.  Our daily average went from 2.68 tons to 3.55 tons.  This has helped the city save $3,313.84 in disposal costs.  Our goal was to collect 150 more tons this year with the automated recycling program in place.  We are right on pace to achieve that goal, although it is our belief that with the summer season ahead we will see even more volume in our recycling numbers. 


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New Method for Picking Up Recycling Material

Recycling in the City of Brooklyn is MANDATORY. The City will provide one 64 gallon blue toter for recycling.  If you need another container you can purchase one at cost from the city.  Each cart is registered by serial number to a specific address.  The cart is the property of the City of Brooklyn and must stay with the house it is assigned to.  The homeowner is responsible for each container.  If your container is damaged by the automated truck or stolen, it will be replaced free of charge by the city.  If in fact it is stolen you must file a report at the Police Station and then it will be replaced by the Service Department.

Recycling automated containers may be placed on the tree lawn for collection no sooner than 5:00 PM the evening before collection and no later than 7:30 AM on collection day.  It is necessary, regardless of when you think your normal collection time is, to have your container on the tree lawn in case the routes are changed for that day. 

Make sure that you place your cart no more than (3) feet from the curb with the arrows on the lid facing the street away from obstructions such as hydrants, mailboxes, trees, parked cars, utility poles, etc.  Make sure that your container is at least 3 to 5 feet from your automated rubbish cart and compost.

Although at this time it is not mandatory, please try not to park on the street on collection day to ensure that yours and your neighbor’s containers are picked up.


Recycling Regulations

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Phone Book Recycling

Please put your old phone books in your recycle bin. You do not need to keep them separate from your other materials. City crews will process your old telephone books along with all of your recycle material.

Computer Recycling

The City of Brooklyn delivers used computers that are dropped off at the Service Garage to the RET3 job corp. The computers are refurbished and donated to groups who teach children, seniors, church groups and non-profit organizations. In 2011, the City donated over 2 tons of computers! Residents can drop off their used computers at the Service Garage at 9400 Memphis Avenue during normal business hours.

Household Hazardous Waste Recycling

The City of Brooklyn participates in the Cuyahoga Solid Waste District Hazardous Waste Program. Residents are asked to bring down the following items to the Service garage located at 9400 Memphis Avenue:
  • Automotive fluids
  • Paint thinner
  • Kerosene, gasoline, lighter fluid
  • Pool chemicals
  • Pesticides, herbicides and fungicides
  • Mercury
  • Varnishes
  • Caustic household cleaners

Tire Recycling

The City of Brooklyn participates in the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District’s scrap tire round up. Residents can drop off their used tires at the Service Garage. The tires must be off of the rims.