Five-gallon buckets are used for Shaker's recycling program. Please email Public Works to request your free buckets.

  1. Do Recycle
  2. Do Not Recycle
  • 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 and 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 and 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.


And follow these guidelines when recycling:

  • Never bag your recyclables, never ever.
  • Place comingled, loose (not in a bag) recyclables in your recycling bucket
  • Empty and rinse all containers
  • Leave the caps and lids on
  • 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.

Read More

The following articles help explain the current recycling crisis in the U.S., including here in Northeast Ohio.

Is This the End of Recycling? The Atlantic, March 2019.

University Circle Inc. gets a lesson in the modern recycling business Crain's Cleveland, April 2019.