RECYCLING

 

General Information

The 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:

NEWSPAPERS, JUNK MAIL, MAGAZINES, CEREAL BOXES, GLASS BOTTLES AND JARS, ALUMINUM AND STEEL CANS, AND NUMBERS 1 THROUGH 7 PLASTIC CONTAINERS.  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.

Home Depot Nationwide CFL Recycling Program

Recycling 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 Environment

One 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 unusuable. 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 yogart or margarine container works best.

Free Service To Reduce Your Unwanted Catalogs

Over 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.  

Recyclable Items

Glass

Recycle 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.

Plastic

Recycle rinsed plastic milk containers and plastic soda bottles and containers that have the number 1 though 7 stamped on the bottom.

Aluminum Steel & Cans

Recycle 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.

Newspapers

To 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 Containers

We 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

Cardboard

The 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.

Computers

Household 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 Waste

Hazardous 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
Materials NOT accepted 

  • Latex paint
  • Explosives, gun powder, ammunition, flares
  • Medical waste, pharmaceuticals, medicine, sharps (needles)
  • Radioactive waste (i.e. smoke detectors)
  • Tires
  • Electronics, appliances

Car Tires and Batteries

Car 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 Tanks

Propane 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.

Mercury

Mercury 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 Batteries

Rechargeable 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 HEIGHTS

The 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.

Combine these items in your curbside recycling:
  • CANS: Includes all metal food and beverage cans such as pop, beer, soup, vegetable, and tuna. Cans 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 & 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: Any plastic bottle, jar, jug or tub can be placed in your curbside recycling. Recycle plastic food and beverage bottles, cosmetics and personal products, and laundry detergent and bleach bottles. Containers should be emptied and rinsed. Replace the cap and put in your curbside recycling. Not all plastics with the 1-7 symbol are recyclable. See the chart below.

Middleburg Heights Shred-It Day

Regularly scheduled Shred-It 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-It Mobile and Recycling will be available for free, quick and easy destruction and disposal of documents from 9 a.m. to noon.

Shred-It 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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Shred-It Day

If it rains, will the event be cancelled?

No, rain or shine.

Is there a charge for the service?

No, shredding is free.

Do I have to remove staples, paper clips, etc.?

No, but take paper work out of binders and notebooks.

Do I need to sort the paper?

No.

What can be shredded?

Financial and legal documents, receipts, tax and medical records, plus floppy disks and CD's.

Is there a limit?

Two standard size copy paper boxes.

What happens after the paper has been shredded?

The destroyed documents are transferred to a recycling facility, where they return to the marketplace in the form of items such as recycled household paper products.