Photo of hand putting bottle in recycling bin

Campus recycling program continues despite city of Cleveland’s paused efforts

The city of Cleveland recently paused its curbside recycling program, but the CWRU Office of Energy & Sustainability offers a reminder that recycling efforts continue on campus.

Case Western Reserve manages its own recycling program. Single-stream recycling is collected from buildings and hauled to the Cleveland Heights Transfer Station by university employees. The recycling is transported from the transfer station to the Kimble Companies Twinsburg Materials Recovery Facility, where it is sorted and bailed. From there, the sorted materials are sold to companies that will recycle the bails into new products.

Recycling correctly is more important than ever both on campus and at home.

On campus, the following items can be placed in recycling bins:

  • Metal cans
  • Glass bottles and jars (lids on)
  • Cartons (aseptics – lids on)
  • Plastic bottles and jugs (lids on)
  • Paper
  • Cardboard and paperboard

Corrugated cardboard (or shipping boxes) should be flattened and placed between the bins. Some locations on campus still have dedicated paper collection in large blue roll carts in buildings. Those can be used in lieu of the mixed recycling bins for paper only.

Most of the remaining municipalities in Cuyahoga County are still recycling, despite market challenges. In recent years, however, recycling of plastic containers has become limited. The only plastic accepted in mixed recycling streams in Northeast Ohio are items in the shape of a bottle or a jug.  Disposable cups, food tubs and to-go clamshells are not allowed.

Learn more about recycling on campus.