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Trash & recycling collection guidelines

Refuse and Storm Water

Collection and billing problems

If you have a collection-related problem or questions, call Republic Waste at 800-433-1309 or e-mail refuse collection.

If you have billing problems or questions, call 330-558-6825 or e-mail refuse billing.

For unresolved collection issues, contact the Service Director at 330-558-6804.


Hazardous waste and appliance collection

Hazardous waste collection and freon-containing appliance recycling are scheduled and performed by the Medina County Solid Waste District.

Recycling Simplified

Not sure what goes into the recycling cart? Visit Republic’s website for an easy guide.


Guidelines governing the collection of solid waste materials and yard waste from residential properties

Trash and recycling containers

The City shall provide one (1) trash cart and one (1) recycle cart per account at no additional charge to the quarterly billing. Up to two (2) additional trash/recycle carts each can be obtained for a one-time fee of $55 each. To order extra carts please call Republic Services at 440-458-5191. You will be billed directly from Republic Services for all additional carts. The bill for additional carts will not appear on your quarterly refuse collection bill. All carts remain the property of the City of Brunswick and are not to be removed from the premises even if you move. Although customers are encouraged to recycle using the provided recycle cart, participation is not mandatory. Any customers not wishing to recycle may call Republic Services at 440-458-5191 and ask that the recycle cart provided be removed from the premises.


All municipal trash/recyclables (except excluded items) will be collected once a week between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm at the curb or berm of the road. Items should be placed as close to the road as practical. Carts are to be placed at the roadway and spaced about three (3) feet apart so the truck’s mechanical arm can avoid obstructions including trash outside of the cart.

Appliances, bulk or large items

Items such as stoves, TVs, washers, dryers, refrigerators, furniture, branches, etc., should be disassembled as much as possible and placed curbside with your regular collection.

Bulk or large items such as playground sets, fences, branches, carpeting, padding, etc. should be disassembled or cut into four foot (4′) lengths and bundled with heavy cord. Bundles shall not exceed two (2) feet in diameter and shall not weigh more than 35 pounds. Soiled or infested mattresses are to be wrapped in plastic.

Refrigeration appliances

Federal law prohibits the disposal of Freon into landfills. Freon must be removed by a certified technician (See “Appliance Repair Businesses” in yellow pages or on the web) who will then label the appliance indicating that the Freon material has been removed. Appliances not labeled as such will not be picked up by the trash hauler. (This includes air conditioners and dehumidifiers.) Note: Refrigerator and/or freezer doors must be removed.

Items which may not be placed inside of or next to your trash cart

Construction and demolition materials, roofing material, plastic, dirt, sand, gravel, bricks and drywall, hot ashes, tires, paint/motor oil, flammable liquids, hazardous waste (oil, auto fluids, etc.), auto parts, matches of any quantity, bleach/chemicals, concrete/cement.

Recyclable materials

Recyclables need to be loose and placed inside the provided recycle cart (blue lid). Boxes are to be broken down or cut into pieces that fit inside of the cart with the lid down. All materials must be loose in the cart. No recyclables are to be placed outside of the City provided carts.

The following is a list of acceptable recycle materials: aluminum and steel cans, plastic bottles and jugs, glass bottles and jars, cardboard, cartons, office paper, envelopes and junk mail, paperboard (like cereal boxes), telephone books and catalogs.


  • Please empty and rinse containers before placing in the cart loose.
  • Do not bundle paper and boxes.
  • All material needs to be loose for proper sorting to occur.
  • Do not bag recyclables. Bagged recyclables will be disposed of due to the sorting process.

Items not accepted for recycling

The following is a list of items that are not accepted in the recycle program:

Aerosol cans, aluminum foil, auto parts, campaign signs, chains, clothing, shoes, dirt, drinking glasses, vases and pitchers, electronic appliances, electronic waste (batteries, cell phones, computers), flourescent bulbs, light bulbs, food waste, trash, garden hoses, hangers, leaves, medical waste (syringes, needles, etc.), metal items, mini blinds, pizza boxes, plastic bags (grocery, zip-lock), plastic wrap, pots and pans, railroad ties/spikes, styrofoam, tarps, tissues/napkins, used oil or oil containers, window panes, mirrors, ceramics.


Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Who pays for the City carts?

The City of Brunswick provides one cart for trash (black lid) and one cart for recycling (blue lid) to each address at no additional charge. All carts remain the property of the City of Brunswick. If you move, the carts stay at the home.

What are the advantages of City carts?

  • Carts offer a cleaner look for our community than trash cans, bags and loose items at the curb.
  • They are designed for less tipping over in high winds and will not blow away.
  • They help reduce worker injuries and Worker’s Compensation costs.
  • They have a full warranty for ten years. The lids are permanently attached to the carts.
  • They are designed to keep animals out.

Who oversees cart repairs?

The City has contracted with Republic Services for any type of repairs to your cart. Please contact Republic Services at 440-458-5191 to report lost, damaged or stolen carts.

Can I obtain additional City cart(s)?

Yes, you can obtain an additional trash or recycling cart for $55 each, but they will still be the property of the City of Brunswick. You an have up to two (2) additional trash carts and up to two (2) additional recycling carts. You must call Republic Services at 440-458-5191 to order additional carts. The charge will not show up on your normal quarterly trash bill.

How do I get rid of my hazardous materials?

Please contact:

Medina County Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center
8700 Lake Road
Seville OH  44273

Where can I place my carts if piles of uneven snow on my curb or parked vehicles are preventing the collection of my City carts?

If you are experiencing these problems, please place your carts three (3) feet apart in your driveway apron between the sidewalk and street for collection.

How do I get rid of construction materials like drywall, blocks, old showers, cabinets?

These materials must go to a construction and demolition landfill. Please contact Zollinger’s Construction and Demolition Landfill at 330-855-2464, Kurtz Bros. at 216-986-7000, or Boyas at 216-524-3620.

Is there a special way to position or to place the cart(s) on the curb?

Yes, please place the carts so that the handle is facing the house and the serial numbers are facing towards the street. This allows the cart to dump properly when the automated arm picks it up.

Can I spray paint my address on the cart?

No. Carts are the property of the City of Brunswick. Serial numbers will be hot stamped on each cart to verify address locations. Please do not deface the cart.

Is there a limit of carts per household?

Yes. You can sign up for a maximum of two (2) additional trash carts and two (2) additional recycling carts at a one-time fee of $55 each. Please note, if you move out of Brunswick, all of the carts remain the property of the City of Brunswick even if you move.

At what point am I allowed to place extra bags on the curb outside my cart on my collection day?

Once your trash cart is full, you can place additional bagged trash and yard waste next to the roadway. There is a maximum amount of waste outside of the cart(s) of 2 cubic yards. That would be a pile of bags 3’ wide x 3’ high x 6’ long, or approximately 14 bags.

When can I set out my large items such as couches, mattresses, dressers, chairs, tied wood, televisions, doors, storm doors, tied and bundled carpet/fencing, etc., on my collection day?

Weekly on your normal collection day. They must be three (3) to five (5) feet away from your carts to allow for the automated pickup of your carts. Large items do not count toward the 2 cubic yard maximum waste volume that can be set out in addition to the carts.


Reminders: trash and recycling cart guidelines

Place bagged and tied garbage in trash cart with the black lid for collection.
Place trash cart and recycling cart out before 7:00 am on your scheduled collection day, but no earlier than 4:00 pm the day before.
Please remove your empty cart(s) from the curb by 8:00 pm after receiving curb service on your collection day.
These curb service violations may be subject to a fine if this occurs.
Place all carts with handles facing the home. Carts cannot be serviced without the handles facing the house.
Place carts no more than three feet from curb or street.
Keep the carts three (3) feet away from all objects such as other carts, hydrants, trees and mailboxes.
Place carts 8-10 feet from parked vehicles.
No trash, yard waste or bags in the recycle cart.
Do not put tires inside carts.
Mix together all acceptable recyclables loose and place in the recycle cart.
Cart lids must be shut with no stacking on top for collection.
Do not place contaminated material with your recyclables. They will not be collected.