Composting Yard Waste and Leaves
Grass clippings, tree and shrub trimmings, leaves. Rather than throwing them in the trash, they can be easily composted. Composting is a great way to keep organic material out of landfills. It’s also good environmental practice and an inexpensive way of adding nutrients back into the soil.
Mow the leaves on your lawn and put them in the garden or flower beds. Leaf mulch is cheaper than buying wood chips and it helps deliver nutrients to the soil around your plants. Read more about composting your leaves.
An effective compost pile must be large enough to hold the heat in the center while still allowing air to permeate the pile. You should also look for a level, well-drained, accessible area and keep the pile or bin in a sunny spot to trap solar heat. Learn more about how to compost in your backyard.
Free compost seminars are scheduled for spring and summer. See the Composting Workshops pagefor more information.
Note: Simple Recycling will suspend its program in Strongsville until about April 1, 2021, due to COVID-19.
When the program becomes available again, you can set out items (generally clothing and fabrics that aren’t in good enough shape to donate to a charity shop) in a special orange bag on your regular trash day and a Simple Recycling employee will pick it up. If you need more bags or more information about the program, check their website, simplerecycling.com.
If an item is no longer wanted, it’s time to pass it on. We suggest reorganizing, selecting the items to pass on and stage them until you can donate. Donating usable goods helps others and reduces waste. Local community service and nonprofit organizations use donated items to support their work. Toys, art supplies, clothing, books, school supplies, office equipment, sporting goods, tools, furniture and more can be donated to many organizations in Cuyahoga County and beyond. Find a new home for your usable goods. Check out the District’s “What Do I Do With?” search engine, located in the green bar at the top of every page of our Cuyahoga Recycles website. See more about the Pass It On book.
Recycling Right Doesn’t Happen By Luck!
Crossing your fingers, making a wish and finding a leprechaun won’t help an item get recycled. Know what to throw in your curbside recycling. Only these five items belong:
• glass bottles and jars
• paper and boxes
• plastic bottles and jugs
Recycle right by including only these five in recycling, because everything else is considered contamination, which increases the cost of providing recycling services. Learn more about recycling right.
For additional recycling opportunities (i.e., clothing and other household goods, hazardous waste, computers, furniture and more), click here.
wishcycle [wiSH sahy-kuhl] verb The desire or hope that everything can be recycled.
What Do I Do With?… Excess Trash
Individuals with excess trash and debris may take their waste to our publicly available solid waste transfer station. Yard waste can be discarded in the composting area rather than be transferred to a landfill.
Strongsville residents (proof of residency is required) can drop off excess household refuse (no remodeling or construction waste), scrap metal, tires (off the rim only), car batteries, appliances and yard waste like brush and branches. NOTE: Freon no longer has to be removed from appliances brought to the Transfer Station. Republic Waste will remove it.
Saturday – 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Sunday – Closed