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Cleveland curbside recycling program begins: Here's what you can and can't recycle

Cleveland residents need to sign up to receive curbside recycling services.

CLEVELAND — The city of Cleveland is launching its curbside recycling program starting today – Monday, June 13.

Cleveland residents must sign up to receive the service, which can be done by filling out the online form HERE. You can also opt in by calling 216-664-3030.

“We are proud to bring recycling back to Cleveland and consider curbside recycling a basic city service that we are committed to getting right,” Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb said in a previously released statement. “I hope residents will join us in this effort to reduce landfill waste and work toward a greener future.”

There is no cost to residents of the recycling program.

“Enrolled households will receive a welcome booklet with three sticker inserts,” officials explain. “These stickers must be placed on your city blue recycling cart to be identified as enrolled in the recycling program.”

So what can and can't be recycled? Here's some advice from city officials...


  • Mix all items together – all items should be loose and unbagged in the cart
  • Empty all bottles, jugs, and cans
  • No need to remove labels
  • For plastic bottles, empty, crush and reattach lids
  • For cartons, remove plastic caps and straws
  • NEVER place medical sharps or needles in the recycling


  • Plastic bags
  • Cassette tapes
  • Bed sheets
  • Hangers
  • Metal chains
  • Garden hoses
  • Batteries
  • Needles
  • Syringes
  • Electronics
  • Polystyrene foam
  • Buckets
  • Car parts
  • Food
  • Yard waste
  • Light bulbs
  • Drinking glasses
  • Ceramics
  • Pots
  • Pans
  • Scrap metal

Explore the document below to see a complete guide of acceptable items:


Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published in a previous story on April 22, 2022.

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