The City of Shaker Heights provides weekly recycling for residents. View the Collection Calendar to determine the service day for your address. Residents can also drop off recycling at the Recycling Center on Saturdays and Sundays, 8 am-4 pm, at 15600 Chagrin Blvd.
Five-gallon buckets are used for Shaker's recycling program. Please email Public Works to request your free buckets.
Please recycle ONLY:
- CANS: Includes all metal food and beverage cans such as pop, beer, soup, vegetable, and tuna. Cans should be emptied and rinsed.
- CARTONS: Includes milk, juice, soup/broth, and wine cartons. Cartons should be emptied and rinsed. Replace the cap.
- GLASS: Includes glass food and beverage bottles and jars. Empty, rinse, and replace the lid. You do not need to remove the label.
- PAPER & BOXES: All paper and boxes can be recycled, including newspapers, magazines, junk mail, shipping boxes, greeting cards, cereal boxes, cardboard, phone books, and clean pizza boxes. Flatten cardboard boxes (make sure all shipping materials are removed).
- PLASTIC BOTTLES & JUGS: Includes any plastic bottle or jug (items with a neck/opening that is narrower than the body). Containers should be emptied and rinsed. Replace the cap.
These are the only items currently being accepted for recycling by the City's recycling facility, Kimble Transfer & Recycling in Twinsburg. All other items must go in the trash or be recycled elsewhere (for example, you may bring plastic bags to Heinen's).
Follow these guidelines when preparing your recycling for collection:
- Empty and rinse all containers
- Leave the caps and lids on
- Never bag your recyclables; the City's recycling facility will not accept recyclables in plastic bags.
- Commingle (i.e. mix together) recyclables in your recycling bucket
- Request free recycling buckets by emailing Public Works.
The guidelines for recycling in Cuyahoga County (including what's recyclable) are determined by the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District in partnership with our region's recycling facilities. For detailed information and answers to many questions about recycling in Cuyahoga County, please visit Cuyahoga Recycles.
Why isn't more recyclable? Check out this recent video from the New York Times to learn more about problems with recycling, especially plastics.
Just because an item is NOT on this list does not mean it's recyclable. The following is a list of common contaminants.
- Aluminum foil, baking trays, pie plates
- Plastic bags and plastic wrap
- Plastic clamshell containers (including those used for produce, prepared foods, and take-out items)
- Plastic egg cartons
- Styrofoam (including no meat trays, no Styrofoam egg cartons)
- Single-use plastic food packaging (including yogurt containers, prepared food packaging, etc.)
- Single-use cups, plates, utensils, or straws
- Paper plates or cups (note: plastic lids for coffee cups are also not recyclable)
- Paper, plastic or Styrofoam take-out containers
- Frozen food containers
- Greasy pizza boxes
- Food scraps
- Pots, pans, or ceramics
- Glass and ceramic drinking glasses
- Napkins or paper towels
- Plastic or metal hangers
- Wrapping paper containing glitter, foil and other additives (wrapping paper that is 100 percent paper it is recyclable)
Threats to the Recycling Program
Want to know the biggest threat to the entire recycling program? A contaminated recycling stream (non-recyclables mixed in with recyclables).
When in doubt, throw it out. We know it's painful, but we must keep the recycling stream clean.
Can't figure out what to do with a certain item? Visit Cuyahoga Recycles to learn how to recycle some of the items not allowed in your residential recycling bucket (use the WHAT DO I DO WITH? search box).