Division of Refuse and Recycling

Recycling Center and Drop-Off Facility

12920 Berea Road

(216) 252-4322

Operating Hours
  • 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p/m. Saturday

Please note: Saturday hours, are restricted to Lakewood residents and business owners using their personal vehicles. No Dump Trucks or Trailers unless prior arrangements are made.

Recycling Center and Drop-Off Facility Use:

Residents of the City and owners of businesses situated in the City may bring refuse, recyclables, yard waste, construction debris and other waste materials arising out of the use of their place of residence or business to the Division of Refuse and Recycling Drop-Off Facility in their own personal vehicle (car, van, pick-up truck) without charge*.

Identification showing proof of residence of Lakewood and corresponding vehicle registration with proof of vehicle ownership is required.

*A charge shall be made for all refuse and other waste materials brought to the Drop-Off Facility under the following circumstances (Ord.911.02).

  • Commercial Haulers
  • Contractors
  • Dump truck
  • Rental Truck
  • Trailer
  • Use of a vehicle that is not the owner or resident's own personal car, van, or pick-up truck

The City of Lakewood reserves the right to establish limits on both the quality and the quantity of refuse and other materials brought to the Division of Refuse and Recycling facility.

Materials accepted at the Drop-Off Facility:

All materials must emanate from households and businesses located within the City of Lakewood. Lakewood households and businesses (except where noted) may bring the following materials to the Division of Refuse and Recycling Drop-off Facility during regular Drop-Off Facility hours:

  • Standard packaging Styrofoam (EPS 6 only)
  • Antifreeze (Household only, no business)
  • Mixed Recyclables
  • Car and Marine batteries (Household only, no business)
  • Cardboard
  • Appliances
  • Metal
  • Clothing (Clean, Usable) & Shoes
  • Computers (Household only, no business)
  • All household electronics
  • All household appliances
  • Confidential documents for shredding
  • Construction and Demolition Debris – It will be recycled
  • Fluorescent Tubes** (Household only, no business)
  • Garbage / Refuse / Trash
  • Household Hazardous Waste** (Household only, no business)
  • Motor oil (Household only, no business)
  • Paper Recyclables
  • Shoes
  • Tires, off the rim (Household only, no business)
  • Yard Waste – does not have to be cut down to size if brought into the Recycling Center

** CFLs (Compact fluorescent lightbulbs) no longer than 4-feet in length: For CFLs longer than 4-feet in length, please contact retailers like Ace Hardware, The Home Depot, Lowe's Home Improvement, and TrueValue Hardware offer free recycling of CFLs.

Household Hazardous Waste

The City of Lakewood Division of Refuse and Recycling Drop-Off Facility offers year-round drop-off of computers, Fluorescent tubes, Household Hazardous Waste, and tires (off the rim), to Lakewood households only, in cooperation with the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District. Hazardous wastes that would not typically be found or used in a household are not accepted. Please contact the Division of Refuse and Recycling office for disposal information.

Lakewood Ordinance 911.02 - CHARGES

Lakewood residents/owners of residential properties in Lakewood– no charge for own personal vehicle

Owners of businesses – no charge for own personal vehicle.  An owner of a business may designate an employee(s), and a vehicle affiliated with the business, to transport the refuse with prior approval by the Division of Refuse and Recycling.

Personal vehicle - Car, station wagon, van, or pickup truck that is registered to the same person as on the driver’s license, or family member living at the same residence.

Identification is required to use facility without charge:   

Resident: Driver’s license and motor vehicle registration showing that the vehicle is
registered to the individual with the license, or a family member at the same address.

And, for construction or demolition debris: Building permits, where applicable

Non-resident property owner: Driver’s license and motor vehicle registration, along with identification establishing ownership of Lakewood residence the debris is coming from, such as property deed, current property tax bill, and current utility bills.

Business: Personal identification, vehicle registration and Certificate of Occupancy. If no Certificate of Occupancy, property deed, current property tax bill, or current utility bill is satisfactory.

Charge contractors, commercial haulers, and charge residents and businesses that are not using their own personal vehicles:

Pickup truck
Dump Truck, up to GVW 10,000 
Rental truck or van, up to GVW 10,000
  • Identification, such as driver’s license, building permits, occupancy permits, current tax bills, current utility bills (water, electric, gas, telephone,) reference letters, motor vehicle registration, are required to show origin of debris.
  • No debris from outside of Lakewood.
  • Vehicles over GVW 10,000 cannot dump – no exceptions
  • Partial loads may be charged at lower amount.
  • Vehicles with sideboards or oversize loads may be charged at higher rate.