General InformationThe city supports recycling and urges residents to follow the recycling guidelines and rules described below:
IN AN EFFORT TO REDUCE PLASTIC BAG WASTE, A BLUE 18 GALLON BIN IS USED FOR ALL YOUR RECYCLABLE MATERIALS, WHICH INCLUDES:
PLACE ALL ITEMS LOOSE IN THE RECYCLING BIN. IF THE BLUE BIN IS NOT ENOUGH, YOU MAY USE BLUE BAGS FOR YOUR ADDITIONAL RECYCLING NEEDS.
Place the blue bin and the blue bag recyclables on the curb next to your rubbish for pickup on your scheduled collection day.
Although recyclable materials should be placed at the same time as rubbish, recyclables may be picked up at a different time on that day.
Please note that blue bags containing rubbish (garbage, trash) will be left at the curb with a request that they be appropriately repackaged. Glass, plastics and cans may be co-mingled in blue bags and placed on the curb on Monday. Blue recycling bags are available wherever rubbish bags are sold.
Propane tanks should NEVER be placed in your curbside recycling. We cannot accept them at our HHW Round-Up as well.
Blue Rhino locations offer a free recycling program for 20# grill tanks. If you have a gas grill propane tank that you no longer need and would like to recycle, write “RECYCLE” on the tank and take it to any Blue Rhino location. Blue Rhino will collect the tank and refurbish it if possible. If the tank does not meet the company's safety and quality standards, they will recycle the tank. Blue Rhino will accept any standard gas grill tank, including other brands. Find a location.
20# propane cylinders can also be exchanged for free at the store where you purchase your new tank. Check with your local retailer for details.
Small propane or butane canisters for a camp stove, lantern or torch (usually 2# or less) are not refillable and can be recycled through a scrap metal yard. Make sure the canister is empty by attaching it to the device it is used with and allowing the gas to run until it's gone. Or use a tool to decompress the item. If there is no scrap metal recycling available, and all of the gas is released, the canister may be discarded in the trash.
Refrigerant gas, welding tanks and medical cylinders should be disposed or recycled through the company it was purchased or received from.
Local businesses that recycle tanks and other gas cylinders include AAA Gas Supply (216.228.4800) and Air Gas Great Lakes (216.241.1696). You may also be able to recycle empty tanks at a local scrap metal yard.
If all recycling options have been exhausted, tanks from a household grill or stove can be disposed through the District's Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program.
Businesses must contract with a licensed environmental services company for proper disposal or recycling. See our Business Recycling Directory.
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 should be placed in the regular trash when empty.
Fire extinguishers consist of a hand-held cylindrical pressure-vessel, usually made of steel or aluminum, and an agent which can be discharged to extinguish a fire.
There are two main types of fire extinguishers: stored pressure and cartridge-operated. Stored pressure fire extinguishers are the most common and typically contain a dry chemical as the agent. The dry chemical is typically mono ammonium sulfate, sodium bicarbonate or potassium bicarbonate—all of which are considered non-toxic.
Very old fire extinguishers (pre-1960’s) may contain carbon tetrachloride, a known carcinogen. If you have a pre-1960's fire extinguisher that contains carbon tetrachloride, contact the Solid Waste District.
How should you dispose of an old fire extinguisher?
If it’s not empty:
The casing is usually made out of steel or aluminum and can be recycled. Recyclers will not accept containers that are not empty so you must discharge all contents first. Discharge outside, away from children or pets. Eye protection and a mask are recommended when discharging.
* Pull the pin on the extinguisher—this unlocks the operating lever.
* Squeeze the lever above the handle to discharge contents.
* Aim low and discharge contents into a bucket or another container.
After you’ve finished discharging extinguisher contents and nothing else comes out, remove the head from the container—this will let the recycler know that the extinguisher is empty. Remove any plastic pieces (plastic pieces go in the trash) and take to a scrap metal yard for recycling. Dispose of the collected non-toxic dry-chemical agent in the trash.
If it’s empty:
* Squeeze the lever above the handle to ensure that all contents are discharged.
* Remove the head so that the recycler knows the container is empty.
* Recycle the steel body. Once the head is removed, the container can be taken to a scrap metal yard.
Do not place empty fire extinguishers in your curbside recycling.
For a list companies in Cuyahoga County that properly dispose of fire extinguishers, including commercial products, see our Business Recycling Directory.
Home Depot Nationwide CFL Recycling ProgramRecycling compact fluorescent light bulbs is easy. Home Depot offers free CFL recycling at each of its 1,973 locations. Customers can drop off expired, unbroken bulbs at the returns counter of any Home Depot store. This is in response to customers' concerns about improper disposal of the bulbs, which contain small amounts of mercury.
Medicine and the EnvironmentOne of the most commonly recommended methods of disposing of unwanted medication has been flushing the medicine down the toilet or rinsing it down the drain. Your doctor or pharmacist may even tell you to do so.
But when medicines are flushed or rinsed down the drain, they flow to your septic tank or to your local wastewater treatment plant where they can harm the beneficial bacteria that break down wastes.
Septic tanks and municipal treatment plants are not designed to remove these medicines, so they pass through the wastewater treatment plant unchanged. When the treated water is released into rivers and lakes, it can still contain these medicines.
Our local agencies are working to keep these medicines out of our wastewater, rivers and lakes.
Currently the safest option for disposing of unwanted medicine is to SECURELY PACKAGE THE MEDICATION AND PUT IT IN THE TRASH OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND ANIMALS.
However, simply throwing away medicine can be dangerous. Steps should should be taken to make it difficult for any person or animal to unintentionally ingest the discarded medicine.
If your pharmacy will not accept unwanted medications:
Keep the medication in its original packaging. The labels may contain necessary information and the caps are usually childproof.
Remove all personal information from the packaging. Use a marker to black out name and insurance information.
Make the medicine unusable. Crush or dissolve pills with a small amount of water. Absorb liquid medication with flour, table salt, or another non-toxic substance. Wrap blister packs in layers of strong tape. Place the package inside a non-transparent container. Any empty yogurt or margarine container works best.
Free Service To Reduce Your Unwanted CatalogsOver eight million tons of trees are consumed each year in the production of paper catalogs. Now there's a free service that allows you to reduce the stream of unwanted catalogs flowing into your home: www.catalogchoice.org
All you need is the customer number (printed near the name/address field on the back of the catalog.) This process is much simpler than telephoning requests to stop. The site also maintains a record of catalogs you've eliminated.
GlassRecycle all glass beverage bottles and jars. Please rinse containers and remove lids and neck rings. Paper labels don't need to be removed. Do not include used pesticide or herbicide containers, window glass, light bulbs, mirrors or ceramics — place them with rubbish.
PlasticFor more information on plastics, click here.
Aluminum Steel & CansRecycle rinsed aluminum and steel cans. Remove paper from cans and place them in blue recycling bags along with plastic and glass curbside.
Aluminum cans may also be taken to our recycling bin, located behind our Fire Station on Bagley Road. You may recycle cans 24/7, 365 days a year. Proceeds are donated to the Metro Burn Unit.
NewspapersTo make your recycling efforts easier, you may place all newspapers in the blue recycling bin (as well as other items, including – but is not limited to – magazines, color and glossy prints, and junk mail).
Paper ContainersWe have contracted with River Valley Paper Company to place special green and yellow containers at eight locations for recycling all kinds of paper products including newspapers, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, school and office paper, envelopes, shredded paper, self-stick notes, softbound books, computer and fax paper, poster paper, folders and colored construction paper. Color and glossy prints are included. Please visit www.rivervalleypaper.com/ for further information.
The River Valley Paper Company containers are located at:
- City Service Center, 7375 Engle Road
- Polaris Career Center, 7285 Old Oak Blvd.
- Distributech, 6930 Engle Road
- Big Creek Elementary School, 7247 Big Creek Parkway
- St. Bartholomew Church/School, 14865 Bagley Road
- Pleasant Hills United Methodist Church, 13200 E. Bagley Rd.
- Midpark High School PTA, 7000 Paula Drive
- Bethel Lutheran Church, 7171 Pearl Road
- Church Of Christ, 7165 Big Creek Parkway
- Minuteman Press, 6886 Pearl Road
- PIP Printing & Marketing Services, 7007 Engle Road
- UPS Supply Chain Solutions, 6940 Engle Road
CardboardThe City of Middleburg Heights Service Department has established a program for cardboard recycling. The container for cardboard is located at the Service Center at 7375 Engle Road for your convenience. The container is located near the River Valley Paper Company containers next to the dumpsters.
ComputersHousehold computer equipment such as CPU's, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, terminals, modems, software and other peripheral devices and accessories may be taken to our City Service Center at 7375 Engle Road, on any Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., throughout the year.
For more information, please visit www.cuyahogarecycles.org/.
Businesses may also take their computer equipment, any day throughout the year, to RET3 Job Corp., 1814 E. 40th St., Cleveland, OH 44114. Call (216) 361-9991.
Televisions and other electronics are not accepted.
Household Hazardous WasteHazardous household waste is not allowed for curbside pickup. See list below for details:
Household materials accepted
- Oil or solvent-based paint, sealers, primers, or coatings (aerosols or liquids)
- Varnishes, polyurethanes, shellacs
- Paint thinner, mineral spirits, turpentine
- Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides
- Caustic household cleaners
- Pool chemicals
- Automotive fluids, motor oil, car batteries
- Adhesives, roof tar, driveway sealer
- Kerosene, gasoline, lighter fluid
- Mercury, fluorescent bulbs
- Latex paint
- Explosives, gun powder, ammunition, flares
- Medical waste, pharmaceuticals, medicine, sharps (needles)
- Radioactive waste (i.e. smoke detectors)
- Electronics, appliances
Car Tires and BatteriesCar and truck tires and tires from other vehicles, are not permitted in curbside pick up. Call a tire dealer or service station to dispose of these items properly.
Motor vehicle batteries cannot be accepted for curbside pickup. They should be recycled with battery dealers or service stations.
Propane TanksPropane tanks present a fire and explosion hazard and are not acceptable for curbside pickup. These tanks are to be recycled through propane dealers and retail stores that sell propane, such as Lowe's and The Home Depot.
MercuryMercury is a health hazard that is not acceptable for curbside pick up. For free disposal of mercury, please call the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District at (216) 443-3749 for drop-off locations.
Rechargeable BatteriesRechargeable batteries contain hazardous materials and should not be included with household waste. These batteries can be recycled by the store from which they were purchased.
For further information about recycling, please contact Recycling Coordinator Rose Volpe at (440) 234-2216.
CURBSIDE RECYCLING IN MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTSThe City of Middleburg Heights offers weekly curbside recycling for city residents. Combine cans, cartons, glass, paper and boxes plus plastic bottles and jugs loose (unbagged) in the provided 18-gallon bin or in blue recycling bags. Blue bags can be purchased at many stores where trash bags are sold, or you may use blue grocery store bags. Place recycling on the curb next to your rubbish for pickup on your scheduled collection day. Although recyclable materials should be placed at the same time as rubbish, recyclables may be picked up at a different time on that day.
The Do’s and Don’ts of RecyclingTo help reduce recycling contamination, we want to make sure our residents are informed of the correct products that can or cannot be recycled.
For plastics, residents should do the poke test — if you can poke your finger through the plastic, then it is too flimsy to recycle.
For aluminum, residents should empty and clean their material and follow instructions below:
Paper should always be separated from plastic, even if from the same packaging. Here are some rules for paper recycling:
Recycled cardboard should be a clean, unsoiled product:
For more information on how you can recycle responsibly, visit RecyclingSimplified.com.
Middleburg Heights Shred DayRegularly scheduled Shred days allow Middleburg Heights residents to shred their personal documents at the Middleburg Heights Service Center, located at 7375 Engle Road. A shredding truck from Shred Mobile and Recycling will be available for free, quick and easy destruction and disposal of documents from 9 a.m. to noon.
Shred staff are available to handle the documents and shred while participants watch. Each household may bring material equivalent to the capacity of two standard size copy paper boxes. Documents shredded may be in plastic bags.
The City is pleased to offer this service to residents. Shredding personal paperwork is a way to counteract identity theft and protect private information.
The company's cross-cut shredding process creates a crisscross cut of paper no longer that 5/8" in size, which provides for greater security than conventional strip-cut shredders. Then the shredded material goes directly to the company's recycling facilities where it is baled and delivered to recycling mills.
For further information about the shredding event, call the Middleburg Heights Service Department at (440) 234-2216.