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The City of Brooklyn provides weekly curbside recycling for city residents. Combine cans, cartons, glass, paper and boxes plus plastic bottles and jugs loose (unbagged) in the provided blue wheeled cart.

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. Click here for chart



For more details about recycling, visit the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District at or  


The Solid Waste District also offers Recycling FAQs for Cuyahoga County and information on how to recycle properly. Recycle more, recycle better in Brooklyn.


Recycling Regulations

Recycling in the City of Brooklyn is MANDATORY. The City will provide one 64 gallon blue toter for recycling.  If you need another container you can purchase one at cost from the city.  Each cart is registered by serial number to a specific address.  The cart is the property of the City of Brooklyn and must stay with the house it is assigned to.  The homeowner is responsible for each container.  If your container is damaged by the automated truck or stolen, it will be replaced free of charge by the city.  If in fact it is stolen you must file a report at the Police Station and then it will be replaced by the Service Department.

Recycling automated containers may be placed on the tree lawn for collection no sooner than 5:00 PM the evening before collection and no later than 7:30 AM on collection day.  It is necessary, regardless of when you think your normal collection time is, to have your container on the tree lawn in case the routes are changed for that day.

Make sure that you place your cart no more than (3) feet from the curb with the arrows on the lid facing the street away from obstructions such as hydrants, mailboxes, trees, parked cars, utility poles, etc.  Make sure that your container is at least 3 to 5 feet from your automated rubbish cart and compost.

Although at this time it is not mandatory, please try not to park on the street on collection day to ensure that yours and your neighbor’s containers are picked up.




Clothing and Household Goods Recycling

The City of Brooklyn has partnered with Simple Recycling, based in Solon, Ohio, for the curbside collection of clothing, shoes, textiles, and household goods. This program accepts reusable items as well as torn, stained, and otherwise irreparable clothing, linens, and working, small appliances that can be moved by one man.

How it works: On your regularly scheduled recycling day, Brooklyn residents place your materials curbside, inside special bags provided by Simple Recycling. Special labeled tags are also available if you have household goods that are easier to box up. Simple Recycling will replenish your bag and tag supplies as you use them. To request additional bags, visit out their website at or contact Simple Recycling at 866-835-5068.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, 85% of textiles are not donated or recycled. That equates to an average of 70 pounds of textiles per person being thrown away every year. The City of Brooklyn asking its residents to help lower those statistics by recycling clothing, shoes, and household textiles. For information and a complete list of accepted items please visit or call 1-866-835-5068


Computer Recycling

The City of Brooklyn delivers used computers that are dropped off at the Service Garage to the RET3 job corp. The computers are refurbished and donated to groups who teach children, seniors, church groups and non-profit organizations. In 2011, the City donated over 2 tons of computers! Residents can drop off their used computers at the Service Garage at 9400 Memphis Avenue during normal business hours.

Household Hazardous Waste Recycling

The City of Brooklyn participates in the Cuyahoga Solid Waste District Hazardous Waste Program. Residents are asked to bring down the following items to the Service garage located at 9400 Memphis Avenue:

    Automotive fluids

    Paint thinner

    Kerosene, gasoline, lighter fluid

    Pool chemicals

    Pesticides, herbicides and fungicides



    Caustic household cleaners

Tire Recycling

The City of Brooklyn participates in the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District’s scrap tire round up. Residents can drop off their used tires at the Service Garage. The tires must be off of the rims.