Drop-Off Recycling

Drop-Off Recycling

The following can be dropped off for free (unless otherwise noted) at the specified locations during the dates and times listed. Please let us know if any of these no longer accept drop-off recycling or if you have additional recycling options that you think should be added to this list.

  • Plastic Bottle Caps - Can be left on bottles and placed into the our curbside recycle bin.
  • Children's Car Seats - Drop off your old car seats at St. John Medical Center, 29160 Center Ridge Rd. Suite R, Westlake, OH, at the Westlake Police Department, at the Rocky River Police Department, or at the Zoo (more locations listed in the link below, visit the link for hours). The components will be broken down for recycling. This program starts April 21, 2013 and will run indefinitely. For a list of other drop off locations visit: http://www.injurypreventioncenter.com/programs/car-seat-recycling-locations.
  • Styrofoam Packaging Peanuts – See options in Donate & Reuse link.
  • Corrugated Cardboard (Waffle-board type only) - can be placed in the residential curbside green recycling carts. Corrugated cardboard includes standard shipping boxes, moving boxes, and some product packaging boxes. Can also be dropped off inside of Green Abitibi / Paper Retriever bins located throughout the city.
  • Household Hazardous Waste, Computers & Computer Equipment, and Tires - can be dropped off at the Bay Village Service Center, 31300 Naigle Road, only on the last Friday of each month between the hours of 7:30am – 3:00pm.


NOTE: All items for the Household Hazardous Waste collection MUST be in their original marked containers or else the items will NOT be accepted (no exceptions). Gasoline must be in a container that can be left with the Service Department.

    • Plastic Grocery Bags, Dry Cleaning Bags, Newspaper Bags, Shrink Wrap – Must be CLEAN and DRY. -can be placed in the bag recycling bin located just outside the front entrance to our local Giant Eagle grocery store. Marc's and Target may also offer plastic bag recycling. Please check with the store.



-Oil or solvent based paint, sealers, primers or coatings

-Varnishes, polyurethanes, shellacs

-Paint thinner, mineral spirits, turpentine

-Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides

-Caustic household cleaners

-Pool chemicals

-Automotive fluids, antifreeze, motor oil, car batteries

-Adhesives, roof tar, driveway sealer

-Kerosene, gasoline, lighter fluid

-Mercury, fluorescent bulbs



-Computer Equipment

-Latex paint (Simply dry it and place it in your trash.)

-Explosives, gun powder, ammunition, flares-Medical waste, pharmaceuticals, medicine, sharps (pills can be safely disposed of at the Bay Village Police Department drop-off container in the lobby)

-Smoke detectors (recycling options listed here http://about.usps.com/postal-bulletin/2012/pb22334/html/cover_025.htm)


-VCRs (recycle at Best Buy)

-Stereos (recycle at Best Buy)

-Tube TVs

-DVDs (Recycle at Best Buy)

For more information on Hazardous Household Waste, call the Bay Village Service Department at (440) 871-1221.

  • Computer Equipment and Cell Phones (items need not be functional) - Items can be dropped off for free by residents year-round at RET3 (www.ret3.org), located at 1814 East 40th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44103. Commercial drop-off may be charged by the pound. RET3 is a non-profit that refurbished over 5,500 computers last year and gave them to local schools and non-profits. All Best Buy stores also accept computer equipment regardless of where it was purchased. http://www.bestbuy.com/recycle.
  • Ink Cartridges - can be recycled at Target, Best Buy, or Office Max.
  • Toner Cartridges - can be recycled at Office Max
  • Audio and Video Cables - can be recycled at all Best Buy stores.
    • Small Electronics: Tube TVs and tube (CRT) monitors up to 32", remotes, flat-panel TVs and flat-panel monitors up to 60", peripherals (mice, printers, keyboards, scanners, etc.), DVD players, video games, video game consoles, home and car audio, cell phones, MP3 players, headphones, vacuums, fans, e-readers, cameras, and cables - can be recycled at any Best Buy store. Closest is at Rt. 83 and I90. All are free to recycle no matter where you originally purchased them. For more detail on the program, http://www.bestbuy.com/recycle.
  • Rechargeable Batteries – from cameras, tools, toys, etc. can be dropped off at any Home Depot, Lowes, or Best Buy. See the following link for more detail: http://www.homedepot.com/ecooptions or http://www.bestbuy.com/recycle
  • Alkaline Battery (traditional disposable) - Can be recycle, for a charge of around $2 per pound, at Bulldog Battery, Inc. located at 37645 Vine St., Willoughby, Ohio 44094. Contact them from their website for more details (the site does not mention the recycling program) - http://www.bulldogbattery.com/
  • Car, Motorcycle, and Riding Mower Batteries - can be dropped off during business hours at Monro Service Station located at 609 Dover Center Road in Bay Village. Call ahead for details (440) 892-1411.
  • Motor Oil – can be dropped off during business hours at Monro Service Station located at 609 Dover Center Road in Bay Village. Call ahead for details (440) 892-1411. Additionally, all 37 Lube Stop locations will accept for free up to 6 quarts of used motor oil (as long as that's all that's in it, please) during regular business hours. Sign a manifest with your name and phone number and they will take it from there. Nearby Lube Stops are in Westlake at 1220 Columbia Rd and in Avon Lake at 511 Avon Belden Rd. You can visit their website at http://www.lubestop.com/locations.asp for more locations.

Why recycle motor oil? According to the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, each year in Cuyahoga County, an estimated 300,000 people change their own motor oil. While this can save the “do-it-yourselfer” money, this practice can come at the expense of our environment if the used oil is poured on the ground, down storm drains, or in the trash. This oil migrates into our ground water, streams, eventually Lake Erie, our source of drinking water. Even just one gallon of used oil can contaminate one million gallons of drinking water when disposed of improperly! See http://www.recycleoil.org/ for more facts on motor oil recycling.

  • Phone Books - There is no longer a separate citywide collection for these. You can recycle them in your green curbside recycle cart.
  • Note: You Can Opt-Out of Receiving Phone Books - The National Yellow Pages Association and the Association of Directory Publishers run a website where you can opt-out of all phone books being delivered to your door. The registration process takes under five minutes, but should prevent future phone books from being left at your doorstep. Sign up at https://www.yellowpagesoptout.com/
  • Compact Florescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) – Bay Village residents can recycle burned out CFL bulbs at the Westlake Fire Station, which is the nearest drop-off location. Additionally, The Home Depot has a national in-store consumer compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb recycling program at all 1,973 locations. See their website at http://www.homedepot.com/ecooptions for more information. Lowe's also has recycling bins for these bulbs in every store.

Why recycle CFLs ? These bulbs contain a small amount of mercury, a toxic metal, and should not be disposed of in our trash.

  • Holiday Christmas Lights, extension cords, and power strips – Are collected by Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District at 4750 East 131 Street, Garfield Heights, Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm. The lights collected will be recycled by Acme Electronics Recycling. Acme will put the lights through a large commercial shredder. The shredded material will be shipped to vendors that purify the copper content, glass, plastic and other commodity streams for industrial reuse.
  • Other times of the year, lights can be mailed to holidayleds.com in Jackson, MI for recycling of the copper, pvc, and glass. Visit this site for more detail: http://www.holidayleds.com/holidayledscom_christmas_light_recycling_program . In the past, The Home Depot has also sponsored a seasonal Christmas Light recycling program. Contact your local store for details during the Christmas season.
  • Construction & Demolition Debris (C&D debris) – Mixed construction debris can be dropped off at recycling facilities, or full service dumpsters can be delivered to your site (there is a fee for this recycling service – often less than bringing to a landfill). The two local companies offering this service are Rosby’s Resource Recycling at (216) 739-2220 and Kurtz Brothers, Inc. at (216) 986-7000. More information is also available on their websites: http://www.rosbycompanies.com/candddrecycling.htm and http://www.kurtz-bros.com/ .

Why recycle construction Debris? In the U.S., C&D debris accounts for 30% of all solid waste produced. Most of this waste goes to landfills. Recycling C&D debris conserves valuable landfill space and reduces consumption of resources. The cost to recycle this debris is often less than the cost to send it to a landfill.

  • Scrap Metal -
  • Election Sign Recycling - After the general election, the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District collects political yard signs for recycling. They accept all plastic and cardboard campaign signs plus the metal stands, Next known collection is November 2014 from the 4th -14th during the hours of 8:30am-4:30pm at Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District offices, 4750 East 131 Street, Garfield Heights, OH 44105
    • Smoke Alarm Recycling - All smoke alarms have a service life of only 10 years and should be replaced accordingly (see more on that here http://getsafealarms.com/the-basics/). Because most smoke alarms contain a small amount of radioactive material, the alarm should be recycled at the end of its service life. To determine if your detector contains radioactive material, check the label on the back. Smoke detectors cannot be brought to the household hazardous waste roundups held by the city. Instead, they must be mailed back to the manufacturer who will properly remove and dispose of the radioactive material. More detail on shipping instructions for each manufacturer can be found here: http://about.usps.com/postal-bulletin/2012/pb22334/html/cover_025.htm
    • Binders - Empty binders can now be recycled at all Staples stores. Read more about the program here: http://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades/binder-recycling-program-at-staples.html

Drop-Off Recycling Benefiting Schools and Charities

  • Paper - Royal Oak Recycling's Paper Retriever recycling bins are located throughout the city to recycle ALL paper types. Recycling paper benefits the churches, schools, Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, Metroparks, or the city.

The following items are accepted in the Paper Retriever bins:

These items should NOT be in bags when they are placed in the dumpsters. No plastic in bins!

  • White Office & School Papers
  • Colored Paper (however, NOT Construction Paper)
  • Paper with Staples Attached, Junk Mail
  • Magazines, Catalogs, Newspaper
  • White Envelopes – with & without windows
  • Phone Books
  • Cardboard
  • Paperback and hardbound books
  • Bagged shredded paper *this is the only item that can and must be bagged. Bag must be a paper yard waste bag or a white or clear plastic bag (these will be manually removed by the recycler. No black garbage bags.)
  • NO Plastic, Glass, Nor Laminated Paper
  • Aluminum Cans - The Bay Village Fire Department, located at 28100 Wolf Road, collects aluminum cans for the benefit of the Aluminum Cans for Burned Children fund. Residents may drop off aluminum cans in the corral located next to the dumpster in the fire station parking lot. The mission of the Aluminum Cans for Burned Children of Northeast Ohio (ACBC) is to prevent burn injuries through fire education and to impact the physical and emotional rehabilitation of pediatric burn survivors.
  • In 1986 the Northern Ohio Fire Fighters, the Northeast Ohio Fire Chief's Association, along with MetroHealth Medical Center of Cleveland started the Aluminum Cans for Burned Children Foundation (ACBC) to help children who suffer severe burn injuries. The ACBC program pays for special medical equipment not normally covered by insurance to aid in the healing process. ACBC strives to meet the individual needs of the patients and provides rehabilitation, clothing, toys, games, computer and video equipment, and other miscellaneous items not covered by insurance.
  • Since 1988, burn survivors from age 5 to 16 have been able to enjoy a free, four-day retreat at Camp Phoenix. Camp Phoenix is held in the summer and winter at Camp Cheerful, in Strongsville, Ohio. The camp experience brings together some 50-60 burned children to enjoy a fun, therapeutic camping experience with others who have suffered similar injuries. The aim is to create a secure environment providing an atmosphere to promote interaction and help the children to better cope with their injuries. They also hear from other burn survivors who have successfully recovered.
  • The ACBC program offers a scholarship program open to any pediatric patient who has been an inpatient at the Burn Center. The program annually awards scholarships to qualified recipients at an accredited school or university.
  • The ACBC program provides two (2) Fire Safety Houses to elementary schools and community home days promoting fire safety in the home. Operated by firefighters, the houses are actually 28-foot trailers built to resemble two-story homes. The goal of ACBC is to educate young children about the dangers of fire, how to call 911 in the event of an emergency, what to do if there is a fire in their home, and other important fire safety tips. Over 3,000 Northeast Ohio school children tour the Fire Safety Houses monthly. The program covers schools in Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Lake, Geauga, Portage and Wayne Counties.
  • You can read more about ACBC at their website (http://acbcohio.org). Feel free to stop in at the fire station with any questions or just to say hello when you are there to drop off your aluminum cans.
  • Bicycles (broken and functional) and Bike Parts – Can be donated to Village Bicycle Cooperative located in the basement of the Bay Village Community House at 303 Cahoon Rd. You can only drop off during open hours, which vary. Check the Village Bicycle Cooperative website for open hours by visiting www.villagebicycle.org You can also donate bikes to Ohio City Bicycle Co-Op located at 1840 Columbus Road in the Cleveland flats (west side). The Ohio City Bike Co-op is a non-profit, volunteer-driven, cooperative bicycle education center. Their Earn-A-Bike program accepts donations of used bikes, which kids can earn by learning about bike repair and safe cycling. Surplus bikes are fully refurbished for sale or rent to support the organization. There is a suggested $5 per bike donation to help refurbish the bike. Call (216)830-2667 or visit http://www.ohiocitycycles.org/ for more information.
  • Cars, Boats, RVs, Trucks, Motorcycles - Wheels For Wishes is a car donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. We are proud to offer a free and easy way to recycle or donate unwanted cars, trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, RVs, or even boats, by turning them into a wish for a local child. We pick-up or tow away cars free of charge, anywhere in Ohio, whether they run or not. Vehicles are either recycled or auctioned off and 100% of the net proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Lastly, we will mail out your tax deductible receipt, which you can save and deduct from your taxes at the end of the year. Website: http://ohkyin.wheelsforwishes.org Phone: 1-855-891-9474
  • Water Filters - There are several online resources for recycling water filters. Information can be found here: http://www.filtersfast.com/blog/index.php/2013/04/recycle-filter-cartridges?em=recycle-filters

NOTE: Additional Drop-Off Recycling information can be found on the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District's website. http://cuyahogarecycles.org/

  • Eye Glasses - Can be placed in the donation box located at the Bay Village Public Library at 502 Cahoon Road in Bay Village. The glasses are reused by the the Cleveland Sight Center.