Recycling

Rumpke Curbside Recycling


Place recycling in the provided Rumpke 65-gallon recycling cart. Recycling must be left loose, do not use bags. Recyclables should fit in your cart. Excess recycling cannot be placed in bags next to your recycle cart. Make sure you are recycling properly by breaking down cardboard boxes and only recycling the items identified on the lid of your recycling cart. Personal cans cannot be used and will not be serviced. 

Responsible recycling habits help reduce the amount of items in our landfills. Too much "wish-cycling" of items, attempting to recycle those that are not currently accepted for recycling, can contaminate the load and cause all of the items to be rejected by the processor. The load then is sent to a landfill.  

Recycle Cart

What Belongs In Your Recycling Bin?

The cup is out of the bag! More exciting recycling changes:

Rumpke and the City of Westlake are excited to announce that some plastic beverage cups and aluminum cups are now accepted in your curbside recycling! "As a recycling leader, Rumpke is constantly working with end users to develop solutions for expanded recycling opportunities," said Jeff Snyder, Rumpke's Director of Recycling. 

Examples of acceptable cups include plastic beverage cups from fast-food restaurants (Starbucks, McDonalds, etc.), plastic souvenir cups and Ball brand aluminum cups. Plastic cups processed at Rumpke's recycling facilities will be used to make new plastic containers and aluminum cups will be made into aluminum cans. 

Some additional guidelines include: 

  • Plastic lids should be reattached to plastic cups.
  • Straws and stoppers are not accepted.
  • Colorful Solo brand cups are not accepted. These cups are made from polystyrene and Rumpke currently does not have a secure, long-term end user for his material.
  • Ceramic and glass cups are not accepted. In fact, they can be damaging to the glass recovery process. 
  • K-cups are not accepted. 

View the latest Rumpke Recycling Flyer to help you Recycle Right in Westlake!

Combine these items in your recycling cart:

  • CANS AND ALUMINUM CUPS: Includes all metal food and beverage cans such as pop, beer, soup, vegetable, tuna, and Ball brand aluminum cups. Cans/cups should be emptied, rinsed, and then recycled. 
  • CARTONS: Includes milk, juice, soup and broth plus wine cartons. Cartons should be emptied and rinsed. Replace the cap and place in your curbside recycling.
  • GLASS: Includes glass food and beverage bottles and jars. Empty, rinse and replace the lid before recycling. You do not need to remove the label.
  • PAPER AND BOXES: All paper and boxes can be recycled, including newspapers, magazines, junk mail, boxes, greeting cards, cereal boxes, cardboard, phone books and clean pizza boxes. Flatten cardboard items, like cereal boxes, to save space.
  • PLASTIC BOTTLES, JUGS , TUBS, AND CUPS: Empty plastic bottles, jugs, tubs and cups can be placed in your curbside recycling. This includes items like water and soda bottles, shampoo bottles, milk, water and juice jugs, laundry detergent jugs, bleach bottles, butter tubs, yogurt tubs, yogurt cups, fruit cups, fast-food cups (no Solo cups), and souvenir cups. Items should be emptied and rinsed. Replace the cap/lid and put in your curbside recycling.  Throw away straws and stoppers with trash. Not all plastics with the 1-7 symbol are recyclable. The numbering refers specifically to the resin within the plastic. 

For the most up-to-date details about recycling, visit the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District at www.CuyahogaRecycles.org or http://cuyahogarecycles.org/westlake.

See Recycling FAQs for Cuyahoga County and information on how to recycle properly. Recycle more, recycle better in Westlake.

The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District offers a recycling and disposal search engine for all residents of Cuyahoga County. Find answers to your recycling, disposal and reuse questions by using the “What Do I Do With?” search bar located at the top of every page of at www.CuyahogaRecycles.org.

Drop-Off Recycling Options

Residents can drop off cans, cartons, glass bottles and jars, paper and boxes, plus plastic bottles, jugs and tubs, at the Police Department (27300 Hilliard Boulevard), Clague Park (1500 Clague Road) and Meadowood Golf Course (29800 Center Ridge Road).

Motor oil can be dropped off year-round at the Service Center, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Refrigerator or Freezer Recycling

FirstEnergy's Ohio utilities will pick up and recycle your old refrigerator or freezer (must be working) and you'll get $50. For pick-up, call 855-485-7463 or visit First Energy Corp for program guidelines and more information. 

If you have an old refrigerator or freezer for rubbish collection, doors must be removed per City Code 521.01. 

Simple Recycling - Free front porch collection service

Not affiliated with Rumpke

COLLECTION HAS RESUMED, BUT WITH SOME IMPORTANT CHANGES:
  • Residents must now schedule a pick-up by calling 866-835-5068 or online, at www.simplerecycling.com.
  • Bags/items must now be left by your front door. Not at the curb.
Simple Recycling allows residents to recycle unwanted clothing, shoes, and household items with free pick-up. Call Simple Recycling to schedule a collection. Then, place your green or orange Simple Recycling bags on your front porch. Reminder, Rumpke will not pick up these bags. This is a separate recycling program through Simple Recycling. 
Simple Recycling truck
Acceptable Items
Men's, women's and children's clothing, shoes, bedding, belts, books, bras, coats, fashion accessories, gloves, handbags, hats, jackets, kitchenware, linens, pillows, purses, slippers (in pairs), socks, stuffed animals, table linens, tools, towels, toys and undergarments. 

Unacceptable Items


Appliances, furniture, tires, paint, carpeting, mattresses, traditional recyclables (metal, glass, paper) and hazardous waste. 


Questions/Need Bags or Stickers?


Call Simple Recycling at 866-835-5068 or email, info@simplerecycling.com. You can also visit Simple Recycling

Residents can also pick up Simple Recycling flyers, bags & stickers at the following locations: City Hall (27700 Hilliard Blvd.), Service Center (741 Bassett Rd.), Community Services Center (29694 Center Ridge Rd.), and Porter Library (27333 Center Ridge Rd.).



Cuyahoga County Recycling Ambassador Program 

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Cuyahoga County's Recycling Ambassador course is an advanced learning, recycling education and training opportunity for adults. The program offers participants an in-depth study of waste reduction, composting, and recycling. Recycling Ambassadors are trained to work in their communities and help improve recycling by serving as their neighborhood’s “subject matter expert” on recycling.

The course is offered 3 or 4 times per year and consists of four 2-hour classes, held virtually through online meetings. Classes are taught by Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District staff members. Virtual or in-person tours of recycling facilities, businesses and organizations are held quarterly as a continuing education component.

To learn more about joining the Recycling Ambassador Program or to view the application, visit www.cuyahogarecycles.org/master_recycler_program.