Recycling Solutions in Akron

By Johanna Barnowski, Communications Intern

It can be hard to keep track of what can be recycled and what can’t. It can be even harder to find a place to take things that are recyclable, but not accepted by your city recycling. Or maybe you live in an apartment complex that doesn’t even have recycle bins.

We know this can be hard, and we don’t always have the time for the extra effort it takes to find out where we can even take recyclables instead of throwing them away to sit in a landfill!

Below is a list of locations to recycle some of those odd things that we can’t put in our city bins. Check the list – you might even find out some things are recyclable and you didn’t even know!

From now until November 10th you can take all paper recycling to one of 30 APS and Akron-Area Private Schools to help them win our annual Recycle-Bowl Contest in correspondence with America Recycles Day on November 15th! See the list of schools and more details here!

Also, did you know that each week on your normal trash and recycling pick up day you are allowed to place large items on the curb next to your bins (like furniture, appliances, and even tires!), and the city will pick them up at no charge? Check here to see what is accepted and how many (8 tires per year are permitted).

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Another way of disposing of items that do not fit in your bins is a Special Bulk Volume Pick Up. You must pre-schedule a pickup if you have a large amount of trash (maybe after cleaning out your house or moving out). Each Akron resident is allowed 3 special bulk volume pick ups per year for free! To schedule – call 311 from a landline inside the city, or 330-375-2311 from a cell phone. You can also use the city’s new online platform anytime, anywhere at Click here for more information.

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There also is assistance available for those with medical conditions that prohibit them from being able to take their bins to the curb. More information here.

The list below is from Summit Reworks and can be found here.

Summit Reworks website can answer your recycling questions as well. Check out their website for all kinds of information on recycling and even Household Hazardous Waste.

Make sure you call the locations for hours and any restrictions before you arrive with your items.




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