Recycling / Disposal

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Appliances

Working Appliance Turn-in Program

Used appliances can be picked up in the regular curbside pickup by Republic Services.  However, please call 216-441-6300 or1-800-968-7789 to inform them that you will placing such items on the tree lawn.  You will also receive any instructions about preparing the item for pickup from the customer service employee taking the call.

CEI, our electric company has contracted with JACO Environmental to provide appliance recycling services to residential customers.  JACO will recycle and provide a rebate for working refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners.  A cash incentive of $25 or $50 dollars will be mailed to your home after the item has been picked up. (THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN SUSPENDED AS OF JANUARY 1, 2015)

Here are the requirements for the program:

  • You must be a residential customer of The Illuminating Company;
  • The refrigerator or freezer unit must be empty and between 10 - 30 cubic feet;
  • The appliance must be operational, plugged in and cooling at the time of pick up;
  • An adult must be present to sign and release the appliance at the time of pick up;
  • A clear and safe path must be made by the home owner to the appliance;
  • Limit of 2 refrigerators or freezers and two air conditioners can be picked up per calendar year.

To schedule an appointment to have your item picked up, call (877) 545-4112 or go to www.jacoinc.net.

Batteries

How do I dispose of alkaline batteries?

Alkaline batteries can be safely disposed of with normal household waste. These batteries are classified by the federal government as non-hazardous waste. Alkaline batteries are composed primarily of common metals - steel, zinc and manganese - and do not pose a health or environmental risk during normal use or disposal. Proven cost-effective and environmentally safe recycling processes are not yet universally available for alkaline batteries. Recommended disposal of alkaline batteries in Cuyahoga County is in your regular trash collection. It is important not to dispose of large amounts of alkaline batteries in a group. Used batteries are often not completely "dead." Grouping used batteries together can bring these "live" batteries into contact with one another, creating safety risks. Throwing away one or two batteries as they are exhausted is perfectly acceptable.

How do I dispose of rechargeable batteries?

Batteries that are rechargeable and/or contain heavy metals should be recycled. This includes lithium, lithium ion, nickel metal hydride, zinc air, and lead acid batteries. The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) provides recycling drop-off locations for rechargeable batteries at retail stores such as Alltel, Best Buy, Cingular Wireless, Home Depot, Radio Shack, Sears, Staples, Target, and Walmart. For a complete list call 1-800-8- BATTERY or visit www.rbrc.com We also accept these types of batteries in the Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program.

How do I dispose of lead acid batteries?

Lead acid batteries contain lead and sulfuric acid and are used as a source of power. Perhaps the most common lead-acid battery is the one that is used to start your car. On April 25, 2008, a new Ohio law became effective that prohibits the disposal of lead acid batteries in solid or hazardous waste landfills. The law is intended to ensure that all spent lead acid batteries are recycled in Ohio. The law also requires wholesalers and retailers of lead acid batteries to take your old battery for recycling when you buy a new one. Batteries that are covered by the law include batteries used in vehicles, motorcycles, wheelchairs, boats, or other forms of motive power. For a list of businesses in Cuyahoga County that recycle lead acid batteries, see our online Recycling Directory for Business & Industry. We also accept these types of batteries in the Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program.

Collection of this item is also done at Glenwillow’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection.  Items are dropped off at the Recycling Center on Pettibone Road and disposed of properly by the Service Dept. employees.  Please check the website or call Village Hall for the specific dates of the collection.  It is usually held in the spring and fall of each year.

Books

How do I recycle books?

Many unwanted books can be donated to local libraries, schools and community centers. For a list of these donation opportunities, call the Solid Waste District at (216) 443-3749 to request Pass It On: A Resource-Full Guide to Donating Usable Stuff. For a list of businesses in Cuyahoga County that recycle books, see our online Recycling Directory for Business & Industry.

Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees are picked up by Republic Services with your regular trash.  Please make sure that all ornaments are removed from the tree.  Place the tree on the tree lawn and it will be recycled with the regular trash.

Clothing

Where can I donate clothing?

You can find a charitable organization that accepts clothing donations by using the District’s book Pass It On: A Resource-Full Guide to Donating Usable Stuff, or drop off your clothing at one of the boxes located throughout Cuyahoga County for local non-profit organizations.

Computers

Can computers be recycled?

Yes, the District sponsors Recycle Your Computer Month twice a year to collect unwanted residential computers for refurbishing or recycling. Collections events are held at your city service department during these times. Businesses with computers to recycle should call RET3 job corp. at (216) 361-9991.

Collection of this item is also done at Glenwillow’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection.  Items are dropped off at the Recycling Center on Pettibone Road and disposed of properly by the Service Dept. employees.  Please check the website or call Village Hall for the specific dates of the collection.  It is usually held in the spring and fall of each year.

Construction Waste

How do I dispose of construction waste?

Construction and demolition (C&D) debris is defined as materials resulting from the alteration, construction, destruction, rehabilitation or repair of any physical structure. Materials include lumber, drywall, brick concrete, metals, plaster, windows, roofing materials, plumbing fixtures, electrical wiring, heating equipment, asphalt, insulation and carpeting. For a list of businesses in Cuyahoga County that accept construction & demolition debris, see our online Recycling Directory for Business & Industry.

Fire Extinguishers

How do I dispose of a fire extinguisher?

Metal fire extinguishers can be refilled rather than thrown away when empty, unless it was manufactured before 1984. Extinguishers made of plastic are not recyclable and can be placed in the regular trash when empty. The District accepts fire extinguishers in the Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program. For a list of businesses in Cuyahoga County that dispose of fire extinguishers, see our online Recycling Directory for Business & Industry.

Collection of this item is also done at Glenwillow’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection.  Items are dropped off at the Recycling Center on Pettibone Road and disposed of properly by the Service Dept. employees.  Please check the website or call Village Hall for the specific dates of the collection.  It is usually held in the spring and fall of each year.

Fryer Oil

How do I dispose of oil from a deep fryer?

Over 2 million folks across the country deep-fry their turkey every Thanksgiving, and cleaning up can be troublesome. With 3-to-5 gallons of used oil on your hands, disposing of it isn't as easy as just putting it in the garbage. Some city service departments collect fryer oil for disposal, so check with your municipality to see if there is a local drop-off. Also, restaurants and bars might be willing to take your fryer oil and add it in to their regular fryer oil collection. For a list of businesses in Cuyahoga County that recycle fryer oil, see our online Recycling Directory for Business & Industry.

Collection of this item is also done at Glenwillow’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection.  Items are dropped off at the Recycling Center on Pettibone Road and disposed of properly by the Service Dept. employees.  Please check the website or call Village Hall for the specific dates of the collection.  It is usually held in the spring and fall of each year.

Furniture

Used furniture will be picked up by Republic Waste however, please call 216-441-6300 to inform them that you will placing such items on the tree lawn.   If the item is still usable, we encourage you to call the Cleveland Furniture Bank to recycle your unused items.  They can be reached at 216-459-2265 or visit them on their website at www.clevelandfuniturebank.org Items can be dropped off at their location at 6700 Biddulph Road in Cleveland or you can call for a pick-up.  There is a fee for a pickup of $20.  The Furniture Bank is a 501 (C) 3 so they will give you a receipt for a tax deduction for donated items.  They accept living room, dining room, kitchen and bedroom furniture.  They will also take kitchen items, dishes, linens, small appliances and clothing.  Please contact them directly for additional information.

Hazardous Waste

What do I do with old paint and other hazardous materials?

Paint cans with dried paint should be placed in your regular trash. Small quantities of paint and all latex paints can be air-dried and disposed in the trash. To help residents dispose of oil-based paint, pesticides, automotive fluids, and other hazardous products found in the home, the Solid Waste District has a Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program. Hazardous materials from households can be turned in for free; latex paint is not accepted. Collections are held at your city service department.

Latex Paint

How do I dispose of latex paint?

The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District does not accept latex paint in the Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program because it is not a hazardous material. Latex paint is safe to dispose with your household trash as long as it is solidified first. Here are step-by-step instructions on disposing of latex paint.

Light Bulbs - Fluorescent & Mercury

How I dispose of items with mercury?

The Solid Waste Management District offers a free program to collect household mercury items from the public. Residents may turn in liquid mercury items at four locations in Cuyahoga County.

What should I do with fluorescent bulbs?

Compact fluorescent lamps and other energy-efficient lighting such as linear fluorescent and high intensity discharge (HID) lamps contain a very small amount of mercury. All fluorescent bulbs should be recycled properly to protect public health and the environment.

How do I clean-up a broken fluorescent bulb?

In December 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released new guidelines on how to deal with mercury-containing compact fluorescent light bulbs that break in the home. CFLs contain a small amount of mercury sealed in the glass tubing. When broken, some of the mercury is released as mercury vapor. The EPA said the bulb will continue to leak mercury vapor until it is cleaned up and removed from the home.

Collection of this item is also done at Glenwillow’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection.  Items are dropped off at the Recycling Center on Pettibone Road and disposed of properly by the Service Dept. employees.  Please check the website or call Village Hall for the specific dates of the collection.  It is usually held in the spring and fall of each year.

Medicine & Needles

Disposal of Medicine & Needles

Never flush unwanted medicine.

  • Previously, residents were instructed to flush unwanted medicine down the drain. This is no longer advised because we now know that flushing medicine can harm the environment. Wastewater treatment plants and septic systems cannot remove pharmaceutical compounds from the waste water so these chemicals pass through treatment plants or septic systems into Lake Erie, the source of our drinking water. These pharmaceutical compounds also pose a risk to aquatic organisms.

Drop off Center

  • The City of Bedford Heights has established a drop off box for unwanted medicines.   They have allowed the residents of Glenwillow to also use the box.  If you have any unwanted prescriptions, please feel free to drop them off in the designated box located at the Police Department, 5661 Perkins Road, off I-271 and Aurora Road.

 Dispose with your weekly household trash.

  • Unwanted medicine should be disposed with your household trash after taking the following precautions. These precautions will ensure the safety of children and animals and prevent misuse of the medicine. 
  • Keep the medicine in its original container. You may want to remove the label or conceal patient information or drug information with a marker.
  • Before placing in the trash, make the medicine unusable by mixing in some coffee grounds or dissolving the pills with water and sealing the original container with tape.  Liquid medicine should be placed in a sealed plastic bag. 
  • Place the container in durable packaging that masks the contents, such as a brown cardboard box.
  • Place the medicine on your trash as close to your garbage pick-up day as possible.  

Needles & Syringes

  • Used needles and syringes from self injections may be placed in the regular trash if  the following precautions are used. . These precautions are designed to protect sanitation workers and other workers in the waste industry from being stuck by a needle. 
  • Place used needles and syringes in a rigid plastic container with a sealable lid such as a Sharps container or a plastic laundry detergent bottle with a screw top.
  • Seal the lid with tape.
  • Place the container in your regular trash.

Do not place the container in with your recyclables.

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Newspapers, Magazines, Junk Mail and Cardboard

recycling-paperThe Village has installed a paper recycle container near Avery Lake at the Village Center Park.  Place all newspapers, magazines, cardboard, junk mail and other paper products in the container.  It will be picked up regularly and recycled by the company.  The Village will receive a reimbursement check from the company for all recycled paper products.  The company is going to make every effort to pick up the container as much as needed, however, if the container is full, please do not leave items on the ground near the container.

These items can be placed with your weekly rubbish curbside collection as it will be recycled by the hauler.

Paper Shredding

recycling-shredded-paperWhere can I have documents shredded?

Shredding events are hosted by municipalities for their own residents. There is not a countywide shredding event. Contact your city hall or city service department for information about a local shred day.

If your city does not host shred days, you have the option of taking your materials to a private company. On the first Saturday of each month, SHRED-IT offers general document shredding from 9:00-12:00 p.m. The cost of this service is $4.00 per box. SHRED-IT is located at 5480 Cloverleaf Parkway #7, Cleveland, 44125. For more information, call (440) 243-8500 or visit  www.shredit.com/Cleveland/Home.aspx.

Phone Books

How can recycle phone books?

The Solid Waste District holds the annual Phone Book Recycling Campaign from June 1-September 30 at twelve Cleveland Metroparks locations. In addition, many communities provide phone book recycling when the new books are delivered each summer. Check with your community.

Propane Tanks

How do I dispose of an old propane tank that can’t be refilled?

Due to new government regulations regarding the safety devices on propane tanks, tanks with a round or star-shaped hand wheel have now been rendered obsolete. These old tanks cannot be refilled. Old cylinders can be exchanged at the store where the new tank is purchased. For more information or an exchange location near you, log onto www.bluerhino.com or www.amerigas.com. For a list of businesses in Cuyahoga County that dispose of propane tanks, see our online Recycling Directory for Business & Industry.

Collection of this item is also done at Glenwillow’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection.  Items are dropped off at the Recycling Center on Pettibone Road and disposed of properly by the Service Dept. employees.  Please check the website or call Village Hall for the specific dates of the collection.  It is usually held in the spring and fall of each year.

Smoke Detectors

What should I do with an old smoke detector?

Although it is legal to dispose of your ionization detector in the trash, we encourage you to return the product back to the manufacturer. The manufacturer is mandated by the Nuclear Regulatory law 10 CFR 32.27 to see that the radioactive waste is disposed at a nuclear waste disposal facility. When sending back a smoke detector, you should not take it apart. The entire smoke detector needs to be returned to the manufacturer or store by UPS ground mail (not air mail). The batteries, however, should be removed and properly disposed of. No special shipping is needed for your smoke detector. Just put it in a box, maybe with some newspaper for padding, and send it.

If you are unable to return a smoke detector to the manufacturer, it can be disposed of in the regular garbage. We do not accept smoke detectors in the Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program.

Styrofoam

How do I dispose of Styrofoam?

Styrofoam is a trade name for expanded polystyrene (EPS). Locally, Styrofoam #6 EPS can be recycled at Buckeye Industries, 33851 Curtis Boulevard, Suite 207 in Eastlake. Office hours are M-F 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Buckeye Industries will take Styrofoam #6 EPS from individuals as well as businesses. Styrofoam contaminated with food or chemicals will not be accepted. The Styrofoam is processed through a densifier and is sold to a company that uses the product to make molded picture frames. For more information, call (440) 942-1605.

Styrofoam peanuts from packaging can be taken to Northcoast Recycling, 1305 Lloyd Road in Wickliffe. For more information, call (440) 943-6968. Packing peanuts can also be donated to a store that ship packages like the UPS stores, or reuse it as your own packing material.

Televisions & Electronics

How do I recycle televisions and other electronics?

While there is no ban in Ohio on placing televisions and electronics in the regular trash, there are retailers and local companies that offer recycling services for these items. A fee is usually charged. Best Buy stores will recycle your old television (up to 32”) for a $10 fee. In exchange, you receive a $10 Best Buy gift card. Log onto www.bestbuy.com/recycling

Tires

How do I get rid of old tires?

When you buy new tires, dispose of your old tires through your tire retailer at the time of purchase. There is a small fee charged for tire disposal, which is used for transporting and disposing of tires through state licensed facilities. If you already have tires at home, contact one of the following three store chains who provide tire disposal for non-customers. These include Conrad’s Tire Express, Firestone Auto Care, and National Tire and Battery.

Collection of this item is also done at Glenwillow’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection.  Items are dropped off at the Recycling Center on Pettibone Road and disposed of properly by the Service Dept. employees.  Please check the website or call Village Hall for the specific dates of the collection.  It is usually held in the spring and fall of each year.

Yard Waste

The Village provides branching pickup services twice yearly to pickup any yard waste directly for the residents’ homes.  The Village contracts with a local Landscaping Company who will pick up tree branches, leaves, grass clippings, shrubs, etc. which is then recycled.  This service is provided in  April and October of each year.  This is a free service to the residents of Glenwillow.  The dates and details of this service are posted on the Village website and included in the community’s newsletter.  Please watch for the exact date each year.  For more information, please contact the Service Director at 440-232-8788.

 

Recycling Facts

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  • Aluminum cans made from recycled aluminum release 40% less carbon emissions.
  • Aluminum cans are made from 50% recycled aluminum.
  • Steel cans made from recycled steel result in a 50% energy savings.
  • Steel cans made from recycled steel emit 4 to 5 times less carbon.
  • The steel industry claims that it is the number one recycled material in North America with a 68.7% recycling rate in 2006.
  • Paper made from recycled paper results in a 64% energy savings.
  • Recycling one ton of paper conserves 17 trees.
  • Glass made from recycled glass results in a 50% energy savings.
  • A ton of glass made from 50% recycled materials saves about 300 lbs. of mining waste.
  • Plastic containers made from recycled plastic emit up to 8 times less carbon.
  • Recycling a ton of PET containers saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space

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