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Easier Sorting of Items

All recyclables may now be co-mingled, which means that glass, metal, plastics and paper may now be recycled in the same blue recycling bag!


  • Materials that are mixed with non-recyclable material may be taken as refuse.
  • Due to the changing recycling market, the list of what is acceptable may change from time to time. This site contains the most current information.

Reasons to Recycle

Recycling has become a way of life for many Cleveland Heights households. Because of residents' participation in the recycling program, the City of Cleveland Heights has been able to reduce the amount of waste that goes to the landfill.

Recycling Preserves Natural Resources

In the United States, we cut down 2 million trees every day to produce newsprint and paper products. Recycling the print run of a single Sunday issue of the New York Times would spare 75,000 trees!

Recycling Saves Energy

Recycling plastic bottles could save 50% to 60% of the energy needed to make new ones. Paper recycling could save up to 70% of the energy needed to create paper from new timber.

Recycling Helps Curb Global Warming

Recycling one ton of glass results in energy savings of more than 300% and lowers carbon dioxide emissions by 3.46 tons.

Recycling Reduces Pollution

Using recycled glass can:

  • Reduce water used by manufacturing by 50%
  • Decrease air pollution by 20%
  • Shrink mining wastes by 80%

Recycling Reduces the Need for Landfills

Toxic pollution from landfills escapes into the air and leaches groundwater. 

In 2006, over 51% of the waste collected in Cleveland Heights was recycled and / or composted,  preventing all these items from being added to the the landfill:

  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Paper
  • Plastics
  • Yard Waste

Recycling is Good for the Economy

American companies rely on recycling programs to provide the raw materials they need to make new products.

Recycling Raises Awareness

Recycling encourages individuals' awareness and responsibility for the refuse they produce.

Curbside Recycling

While curbside recycling in Cleveland Heights is a voluntary program for all homes and apartments from which the City collects refuse, we strongly urge you to recycle if you are not already doing so. Materials are collected weekly on the regular refuse collection day.

Refuse and all recyclables are collected Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Materials intended for collection should be available for pick up by 7 a.m. on the day of collection.

Recycling FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions about recycling in Cleveland Heights.