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latex paint

Latex and any other water-bases paint are not hazardous materials, and are not accepted in the city's household hazardous waste collection.  Latex paint should be dried out and disposed of in the regular rubbish.  Step by step instructions and a video for drying out latex paint can be viewed at and a how-to video  If you have latex paint, please make sure it is dried out before it is brought down to our service garage.  We cannot dispose of it unless it is not in a liquid form.  If you have further questions, call the Service Department at 216-635-4232. 

information on propane tanks

All Blue Rhino locations offer a free recycling program for 20# grill tanks.  Residents can recycle their unwanted 20# grill tanks by writing "RECYCLE" on the tank and taking it to any Blue Rhino location.  Blue Rhino collects the unwanted tanks for refurbishment or recycling.  Blue Rhino will accept any standard 20# grill tank, including non-Rhino brands. 


How To Recycle in Cuyahoga County: Back to the Basics

June 26, 2018 – Cleveland, Ohio – Recycling contamination is at issue across the nation and world, but is also a major problem here in Cuyahoga County. Recently, many media outlets have reported on how we’re being affected by China’s new environmental policies and the best ways to recycle properly.

Recycling contamination happens when well-intended recyclers mistakenly put the wrong items into their recycling. It can wreak havoc on the recycling process from Cuyahoga County to throughout the world.

Here in Cuyahoga County, the best way to avoid recycling contamination in your curbside recycling is to only recycle these five core items:

CANS: Empty and rinse.

CARTONS: 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 or cart. All items should be clean, empty and dry. Plastic bottles and jugs includes items with an opening or neck that is narrower than the body. 

Learn more about recycling best practices at


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 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 acceptable.

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, 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 social media accounts in your community.  You'll find Cuyahoga County's accounts located on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn. 


recycling tips from the solid waste district

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About The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District

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. We 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.


The City of Brooklyn provides weekly curbside recycling for city residents. Combine cans, cartons, glass, paper and boxes plus plastic bottles and jugs loose (unbagged) in the provided blue wheeled cart.

Combine these items in your curbside recycling:

CANS: Includes all metal food and beverage cans such as pop, beer, soup, vegetable, and tuna. Cans should be emptied, rinsed, and then recycled.

CARTONS: Includes milk, juice, soup and broth plus wine cartons. Cartons should be emptied and rinsed. Replace the cap and place in your curbside recycling.

GLASS: Includes glass food and beverage bottles and jars. Empty, rinse and replace the lid before recycling. You do not need to remove the label.

PAPER & BOXES: All paper and boxes can be recycled, including newspapers, magazines, junk mail, boxes, greeting cards, cereal boxes, cardboard, phone books and clean pizza boxes. Flatten cardboard items, like cereal boxes, to save space.

PLASTIC BOTTLES: Any plastic bottle, jar, jug or tub can be placed in your curbside recycling. Recycle plastic food and beverage bottles, cosmetics and personal products, and laundry detergent and bleach bottles. Containers should be emptied and rinsed. Replace the cap and put in your curbside recycling.

Not all plastics with the 1-7 symbol are recyclable. Click here for chart

For more details about recycling, visit the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District at The Solid Waste District also offers Recycling FAQs for Cuyahoga County and information on how to recycle properly. Recycle more, recycle better in Brooklyn.


Recycling Regulations

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.


Clothing and Household Goods 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

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; kerosone, 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.