Division of Refuse and Recycling

Yard Waste

Refuse and Recycling yard waste crews provide curbside yard waste collection on the regular collection day between March and December.

Yard Waste includes grass clippings, trimmings, leaves, plants, bushes, branches, garden debris, and other yard debris, but not dirt, dog waste, litter, rocks or sod.

Mandatory Recycling: Beginning July 1, 2009, all residential buildings that receive City of Lakewood municipal solid waste collection services are required to separate recyclable materials, including yard waste, from their solid waste destined for disposal. Ord.1777.03.

Set out time: Between 6:00 p.m. the night before collection and 6:30 a.m. on the collection day. Early and late set outs may result in collection fees charged to the property owner. Ord. 1777.01

Yard Waste Guidelines are established by the Director of Public Works in the interest of collection efficiency and employee safety. Contain and bundle yard waste according to these guidelines to assure collection. Yard waste contained in garbage cans, plastic bags, or refuse carts, overweight bags or bundles, and uncut, untied branches or shrubs may result in collection fees or an administrative cost incurred for the enforcement of rules and regulations charged to the property owner. Ord. 1777.02.

Grass clippings, leaves, garden debris:

  • Contain grass clippings, leaves, and loose yard waste in paper yard waste bags, dsolv mesh lawn bags (a new compostable product that is approved for use in our yard waste collection), or uncoated cardboard boxes (maximum size 2’x2’).
  • Maximum 50-pound weight limit.
  • No dirt, dog waste, litter, rocks, or sod.
  • No plastic bags or garbage cans.
  • Rake leaves to the tree lawn (not into the street) during the Streets Division’s Fall Leaf Collection, from the first Monday in November to mid-December.

Tree branches, bushes, shrubs:

  • Cut branches, bushes, and shrubs into 4-foot lengths.
  • Tie securely into manageable bundles.
  • Use strong twine or rope; no wire.
  • Maximum bundle size 4-foot x 18-inches.
  • Maximum 50-pound weight limit.

    Logs and root systems:

  • Cut logs into 6-inch x 18-inch pieces and stack neatly.
  • Remove root systems from trunk, cut into pieces weighing less than 50-pounds each
  • Knock dirt off root systems and contain separately.
  • Residents may also take their yard waste to Lakewood’s Drop-Off Facility, 12920 Berea Road, where any type of container can be used and emptied into a yard waste truck.

    Contact the Division of Refuse and Recycling at (216) 252-4322 for information about the weekly curbside yard waste collection and drop-off facility operation.

    Contact the Streets and Forestry Division at (216) 529-6811 for information about the Fall Leaf Collection (The Streets Division collects leaves raked to the curb (not into the street) between the 1st Monday in November to mid-December), Christmas Tree Pick-up (through last Friday in January), and branches downed by high winds (move branches to curb within one week of storm damage for this collection).

    Back-Yard Composting and GrassCycling are great ways to keep organic material out of landfills. They combine good environmental practice with inexpensive ways to add nutrients back into the soil, and save residents time and disposal costs. Applying compost to soil improves its texture, structure, aeration ability and water holding capacity. It adds-up to improved soil fertility and root development. Trees, flowers or vegetables will grow healthier with less chemicals or fertilizers.

    Click here for Backyard Composting Guide
    Click here for more information on Grass Cycling