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Zero Waste

The City saves money and natural resources by decreasing the waste generated through its own operations and within the larger city limits. This includes both residential and commercial waste reduction and recycling programs. The City diverts thousands of tons of waste from the landfill each year, saving over $1 million annually through waste disposal cost avoidance and recycling revenues, while reducing carbon emissions and conserving natural resources.

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Commercial Recycling Program
The City of Cleveland offers a commercial waste collection service, which is professional, reliable and affordable. In addition to providing services to public facilities such as Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland Convention Center, West Side Market, and public utilities, the Division of Waste Collection and Disposal works with several local businesses, including restaurants, churches, manufacturers, and contractors.

Automated Residential Waste Collection Program
The Mandatory Automated Waste Collection program represents a significant step in Cleveland to encourage more participation in recycling.  Through this program, residents receive sturdy garbage carts for trash and recycling, which are wheeled to the curb for weekly pick-up. The program is expanding in stages, and will eventually be city-wide. Residents receive postcards and brochures regarding the program prior to receiving new carts. Normally scheduled pick-up dates are not affected.

Even if they do not currently have curbside pickup, residents can still recycle at more than 90 drop-off recycling locations throughout the city. These drop-off sites are for everyone, not just Cleveland residents.

Additional recycling information can be found on the Recycling and Waste Disposal Guide.

Office of Sustainability
Jenita McGowan, Chief
601 Lakeside Ave. Room 227
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

P: 216.664.2455
F: 216.664.2378
Ohio Relay: 711

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Mission Statement


The Office of Sustainability leverages Cleveland's wealth of assets by collaborating with the community to improve the economic, environmental, and social well-being of its citizens. To lead by example, the Office develops and implements policies and practices with City departments to embrace a culture of sustainability.

City of Cleveland Office of Sustainability