Avon Lake's Refuse, Recycling & Yard Waste Program
There are three levels of service available to residents: 96-gallon service, 64-gallon service and Unlimited service. Please contact Kimble Recycling & Disposal, Inc., to modify level of service.
Trash and recycling materials will be picked up on the day indicated on map below (or on this list), beginning at 7:00 AM, EXCEPT when a holiday falls on the regular pick-up day. Please see below for map and guidelines.
Weekly pickup is limited to the contents of the carts. Bulk and excess trash will be collected one time per month at no additional cost, and is limited to 2 cubic yards. Please see below for more information on additional pickups of excess trash, items that are prohibited from the carts as well as suggestions for proper disposal of these items.
Acceptable items for your recycling cart include paper, newspaper, cardboard, metal and aluminum cans, glass bottles and plastic jugs and bottles labeled with a 1 or 2.
Plastic items 1-7 can be recycled at the Lorain County Collection Center. Please see below for more information.
Every Best Buy store, including the Avon store at 1600 Center Road, offers recycling kiosks inside the front doors. Please see below for more information.
Recycle clothing and housewares at your curb with Simple Recycling. Please see below for more information.
Recycle your broken Christmas lights/string lights at the Lorain County Collection Center or the Avon Lowe's Home Improvement. Please see below for more information.
Lorain County Collections Center accepts many materials, including hazardous waste. For a complete list, please click HERE.
Yard waste will be collected on your regularly scheduled collection day March 1 through December 31. Please see below for more information.
To set up auto-pay or to modify your level of service, please contact Kimble Customer Service at 1-800-201-0005, live chat on their website www.KimbleCompanies.com or email them at CustomerService@KimbleCompanies.com.
- Special Medical Pick-Up service is available to those whose mobility is medically and physically impaired as described in O.R.C. Section 4503.44(A)(1). To request this service please fill-out this form and send it to Kimble.
All residences are automatically set-up to receive the 96-gallon cart service. If you would rather have the 64-gallon or unlimited service, please contact Kimble Customer Service at 1-800-201-0005 or at www.KimbleCompanies.com. Customer Service Center phone hours are Monday through Friday 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM and Saturday 7:00 PM to 12:00 PM. If you want to opt-out of trash collect service please fill-out this form and send it to Kimble.
Recycling and refuse materials will be picked up on the day (indicated on map below or on this list), except when a holiday falls on the regular pick-up day (please see list of holidays below), when recycling and refuse materials will be delayed by one day. For weather-delay alerts, please refer to the service bar at the top of their website www.KimbleCompanies.com or visit their Facebook page. Please do not jam items into or overload carts.
Time of Collection
To ensure your refuse and recycling are collected, please place your carts at curb by 7:00 AM. Carts may be placed out on the tree lawn after 5:00 PM the day before pick-up and should be removed within 24 hours of pickup.
The wheeled carts are designed to work with automated collection trucks so proper placement is important. Carts should be within 2-3 feet of the street with the handle facing away from the curb and at least 3 feet from other carts, mailboxes, trees, or other obstacles. This allows drivers to service their customers in a safe and efficient manner.
Please place refuse and recycling carts on the tree lawn or in your driveway only. Even in the event of snow, carts placed in the street create a problem for city snow plows.
The weekly collection DOES NOT include tires, batteries, automotive/truck parts, paint, oil, fluorescent bulbs, gas cans, propane tanks, hazardous/infectious waste, flammable liquids, and any waste prohibited from disposal in a municipal solid waste landfill.
Lorain County Solid Waste Management District makes arrangements for collection of many items not accepted such as car tires off the rims, paint, etc. If you need to dispose of these materials, please contact Lorain County Collection Center at 440-329-5440. The facility is located at 540 South Abbe Road, Elyria, Ohio 44035. Open Center hours: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Monday and Wednesday, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM on Saturdays. Lorain County Collection Center website.
Since Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) contain a very small amount of mercury, they should not be disposed of in your usual refuse bin. The following stores will properly dispose of CFLs:
Avon Home Depot, 35930 Detroit Rd, Avon, OH 44011 (440) 937-2240
For more information, please visit Avon Lake's Environmental Affairs Advisory Board page, by clicking HERE.
NOTE: Please do not jam items into cart or overload container. Recycling carts containing refuse will not be emptied and will be tagged to notify the resident of improper use.
Bulk and Excess Trash Guidelines
Each residence will be allowed to place up to 2 cubic yards (6 feet wide, 3 feet high and 3 feet depth - the size of a standard bed pickup truck) of bulk and excess trash out for collection one time in a calendar month on their regular scheduled collection day. If a residence needs more than the one-time bulk service in a calendar month, the items will be picked up and the residence will be charged. All trucks are equipped with a computer to track the individual bulk pickups. Extra services will be charged based on the "Large and Extra Items Rate" page. Appliances containing Freon must have the Freon removed and the unit tagged by a qualified technician. Residence subscribing to unlimited service can set out up to 2 cubic yards of bulky and excess items on each regularly scheduled collection day at no additional charge.
Avon Lake 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.
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.
- Most plastic products are labeled on the bottom with a recycling symbol consisting of arrows that cycle clockwise to form a rounded triangle, and enclosing the number 1 or 2. Any rigid food container or other consumer product container labeled in this fashion can now be included for recycling.
- 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, shrink wrap, trash bags and more – out of your recycling cart. Plastic shopping bags can be recycled at most grocery and big-box stores, including Avon Lake’s Giant Eagle.
- Additional plastic items that are not acceptable include Styrofoam, toys, motor oil and antifreeze containers.
- Larger items such as cardboard boxes and other packaging should be broken down to ensure it fits properly inside the recycling cart.
Looking for a place to recycle those items not collected during your normal curb-side recycling pickup (plastics marked #1-7, steel/bimetal cans, paperback and hardback books)? 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. For a complete list of materials accepted at the Lorain County Collection Center, please click HERE.
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 visit https://www.bestbuy.com/site/services/recycling/ or call (440) 937-3202 for more information.
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 simplerecycling.com.
Instead of throwing those broken Christmas lights/string lights in the garbage, take them to the Lorain County Collection Center or the Avon Lowe’s Home Improvement at 1445 Center Road.
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.
- Lorain County Collection Center accepts many materials, including hazardous waste. For a complete list, please click HERE.
Residents should use bio-degradable paper lawn bags or personal containers that are 33 gallons or less. Tree trimmings, brush and other vegetation that are bundled with twine will be accepted for collection as yard waste. Tree trimmings and other vegetation must be less than 6 inches in diameter and not exceed 4 feet in length. Bags, containers, and bundled yard waste cannot exceed 50 pounds. Personal containers need to be plainly labeled with "YW" so drivers can distinguish that contents are yard waste.
Branch & Brush Pick-up
All grass clippings and other yard waste must be put at the curb in brown paper bags not to exceed 50 pounds. Residents may use their old trash cans by labeling them “Yard Waste” as an alternative to brown paper bags. Just like the brown paper bags, the trash cans must not exceed 50 pounds. Brush and small tree trimmings must be cut, bundled and securely tied not exceeding four feet in length, or 50 pounds. The bundled brush and branches can then be placed at the curb with refuse carts. Landscapers and tree services are responsible for removal of any yard waste they generate while working at a residence.
Christmas trees will be collected the first and second full weeks of January. Ornaments, tinsel, etc. must be removed from the tree. Trees that are taller than six feet must be cut in half.