Recycling Services

When it comes to waste removal in Avon Lake, we take pride in our ability to plan for the needs of our residents today – as well as prepare for the future. Our waste management services include extensive programs for curbside recycling.

Did you know: When you recycle, you help fund programs throughout our city? 
Avon Lake receives grants from the state based on how much our residents recycle. In the past, we’ve used these grants to fund key initiatives, like park benches, picnic tables and welcome signs.

Curbside Recycling

Weekly recycling pickup helps us cut down on landfill waste. In fact, recycling a ton of plastic saves the energy equivalent of 1,500 gallons of gasoline!

Every resident receives a complimentary recycling cart. Here’s how to use it:

  • Know what to recycle: visit Recycling-with-Kimble-Guide for a list of all recyclable items.
  • There’s no need to separate or bundle plastics, cardboard or glass. All recyclable materials can go in one container. Kimble’s automated recycling facility segregates and prepares the materials for recycling.
  • The containers you place in your recycling cart should be clean of food and debris.Rinsing is fine – no need to wash with soap.
  • Got an oily pizza box? Toss it instead of recycling it. In fact, any food container with too much residue should be thrown out instead of recycled.
  • Not sure if an item can be recycled? Toss it instead. Trying to recycle questionable materials can result in damage to the recycling facility or pose a safety risk for workers. When it doubt – throw it out.
  • Do not place trash in your recycling cart.
  • Keep all plastic bags – Ziploc bags, grocery bags, trash bags and more – out of your recycling cart.
  • Larger items such as cardboard boxes and other packaging should be broken down to ensure it fits properly inside the recycling cart.

Waste Management Tips

  • Plastic shopping bags can be recycled at most grocery and big-box stores, including Avon Lake’s Giant Eagle.
  • Whenever possible, don't use, accept or buy single-use plastics.
  • Paperboard boxes from frozen food containers are not recyclable. The shiny, exterior-coating these boxes use to prevent freezer burn actually prevents the paper from being recyclable.
  • Compostable plastics do not go in the recycling cart. Compostable plastics – like plastic forks, food container and more are only compostable in industrial or commercial compost processing facilities If you have compostable plastics, either throw them in a bin marked for true industrial compost, or throw them in the trash.

Additional recycling services within Lorain County

Looking for a place to recycle those items not collected during your normal curb-side recycling pickup, including plastics other than those labeled with a 1 or a 2? Simply place these items in a box or bag and drop them off inside the Lorain County Collection Center during normal business hours at 540 S. Abbe Road, Elyria, Ohio 44035. For more information, contact the District at 440-329-5440 or visit their website.

Best Buy offers recycling for electronic accessories

Every Best Buy store, including the Avon store at 1600 Center Road, offers recycling kiosks inside the front doors. You can drop off rechargeable batteries, wires, cords, cables and plastic bags. Please go to the website or call 440-937-3202 for more information.

Recycle clothing and housewares at your curb with Simple Recycling - Due to COVID, this service is suspended until Spring

The average person throws away 68 lbs. of clothing per year. Clothing and housewares account for approximately 10% of the municipal waste stream - and 85% of clothing does not get recycled or donated, it gets trashed. Simple Recycling allows Avon Lake residents to recycle clothing and housewares for free at the curb. Please call 866-835-5068 to schedule a donation pick-up or request additional bags. A list of acceptable items to donate can be found HERE. For more information, please visit

Recycle your broken Christmas lights

Instead of throwing those broken Christmas lights in the garbage, take them to the Lorain County Collection Center. In addition, Avon Lowe’s Home Improvement at 1445 Center Roadwill recycle Christmas lights December 1-24 of each year.