Pepper Pike has a co-mingled recycling program, which means that paper, glass, plastic, and metals may all be mixed together in the same blue or clear plastic recycle bag for weekly collection. Residents who utilize the drop-off bins, located near the Service Department building should separate their paper from their glass, plastic, and aluminum, and place the items in the designated bins. We encourage residents to drop off their recycling whenever possible. Dropping off recycling helps keep costs down, and the City generates a profit from paper recycling that is dropped off at the Service Department.
The following rules apply to weekly collection of co-mingled recycling:
- Co-mingled recycling must be placed inside 13-gallon or 30-gallon, blue or clear plastic recycle bags. Recycle bags may be purchased at Heinen's or Kredo Hardware. Small grocery store plastic bags are not acceptable.
- Recycle bags should weigh 30 pounds or less.
Acceptable items for recycling include:
- Glass: Food and Beverage containers of any color, rinsed and without lids. Broken glass should be packaged separately and labeled as such.
- Metal: Aluminum, steel, and tin are acceptable. Rinse out all food and beverage containers with water.
- Paper: Newspaper and magazines - corrugated cardboard (empy boxes should be flattened) - phone books - cereal boxes (remove liners) - junk mail - beverage cartons (no foil) - tissue boxes - food and detergent cartons (no food stains, remove plastics) - shoe boxes - paper egg cartons - gift and toy boxes - paper gift wrap (no foil) - greeting cards - cancelled checks (we recommend shredding first)
- Plastic: Plastics 1-7 are acceptable. Rinse out all food and beverage containers with water.
Collapse or crush items whenever possible to permit a greater volume in each bag.
NOT ACCEPTABLE FOR RECYCLING: the following items should be placed in the rubbish.
- Empty paint cans, empty anti-freeze and motor oil containers, wax cartons, wire hangers, plastic bags (sandwich/snack bags and plastic grocery bags), Styrofoam, toys, plastic utensils, and plastic straws.
Cell Phone Recycling
Drop off old cell phones (phone, battery, and charger) at the Service Department and they will be recycled. Most cell phones will be donated to the Cuyahoga County Witness Protection Program and the Domestic Violence Project.
CFL Bulb Recycling
According to the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, Home Depot recently announced a national compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb recycling program. At each Home Depot store, customers can bring in any expired, unbroken CFL bulb and give it to the store associate behind the returns desk. For store locations, visit www.cuyahogaswd.org/residents/bulbs.htm.
- Alkaline batteries: Non-rechargeable batteries from household appliances and electronics, such as AA, AAA, C and D batteries, may be safely disposed of in the regular rubbish.
- Lead-acid batteries: Vehicle batteries are considered Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and therefore may be disposed of through the HHW round-ups. The City accepts HHW items on the last Friday of every month, during the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lead-acid batteries are also accepted at most automotive stores.
- Rechargeable batteries: Cell phone, power tool, cordless phone, and lap top computer batteries are not considered haszardous but are recyclable. Rechargeable batteries may be dropped off at the Service Department.
Ink Cartridge Recycling
Drop off your old ink cartridges at the Service Department and they will be recycled. Proceeds from recycled ink cartridges benefit the Orange Schools PTA.