Following are recycling guidelines for Shaker Heights.
What Belongs in Your Residential Recycling Container?
- Plastic bottles, jugs, and tubs
- Gable-top milk and juice cartons, soup and juice boxes
- Metal food cans and aluminum cans
- Glass bottles and jars
- Cardboard boxes, flattened
- Mixed paper, junk mail, magazines, catalogs
- Boxboard, flattened (like cereal boxes and toilet paper tubes)
And follow these guidelines when recycling them:
- NEVER bag your recyclables. NEVER. EVER.
- Place comingled, loose (NOT in a bag) recyclables in recycling bucket
- Empty and rinse all containers
- Leave the caps and lids on
- Request free recycling buckets by calling Public Works at 216-491-1490
DO NOT RECYCLE:
- Aluminum foil, baking trays, pie plates
- Plastic bags and plastic wrap
- Plastic containers used for produce (like lettuce and berries)
- Plastic egg cartons
- Styrofoam (including no meat trays, no Styrofoam egg cartons)
- Plastic cups, plates, utensils, or straws
- Paper plates or cups (note: plastic lids for coffee cups are also not recyclable)
- Paper or plastic take-out containers
- Greasy pizza boxes
- Food scraps
- Pots, pans, or ceramics
- Glass and ceramic drinking glasses
- Napkins or paper towels
- Plastic or metal hangers
Want to know the biggest threat to the entire recycling program? A contaminated recycling stream (non-recyclables mixed in with recyclables).
Can't figure out what to do with a certain item? Visit bit.ly/shrecycles or get the ShakeRecycles app to learn how to recycle some of the items not allowed in your residential recycling bucket (use the Waste Wizard).
WHEN IN DOUBT THROW IT OUT. We know it's painful, but we must KEEP THE RECYCLING STREAM CLEAN.
What Belongs in Your Yard Waste Bag?
Use only brown paper leaf bags (available at area stores). No plastic bags.
- Grass clippings
- Other leafy yard waste (e.g. plant cuttings, weeds)
DO NOT INCLUDE:
- Brush (place brush directly on your tree lawn, not in a yard-waste bag)
- Gardening-related plastic (e.g. plant pots, trays, mulch/fertilizer/soil bags)
- Other inorganic materials (e.g. other plastics, metal, aluminum, paper/cardboard)
- Dog waste in plastic bags
Effective 2018, the City will not collect yard-waste bags contaminated with inorganic materials. Read more about the City's leaf, grass, and brush collection policies or view a video about what does (and does not) belong in your yard-waste bag.
LEARN MORE ABOUT RECYCLING:
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 plastic used to make the container. Not all plastics with the 1-7 symbol are recyclable. See the chart below from the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District.
Can some materials not allowed in a residential recycling bucket be recycled elsewhere?
In some cases, yes. Several area grocery stores — includng Heinen's — accept plastic bags for recycling. Use the Waste Wizard in the ShakeRecycles app (bit.ly/shrecycles) to find out if a particular material is recyclable elsewhere. Use the calendar feature to learn about community recycling events.
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