Garbage, Recycling and Yard Waste

In 2012, the City of Mentor entered into a five year contract with Waste Management to include reduced rates for both garbage and recycling, and the elimination of the fuel surcharge. Garbage will be collected on the same day as before but recyclable materials will be collected EVERY OTHER WEEK, rather than weekly. Residents should refer to the calendar and the recycling map posted below to identify which weeks your recyclables will be collected. 

The cost for both garbage and recycling is significantly lower than what residents were paying in the past. If you use one cart for garbage, your cost for BOTH garbage and recycling will be $7.79 per month. Waste Management will bill this amount to you on a quarterly basis; call them at (800) 989-9278 to set up new service, modify service, or if you have any questions or concerns.

The following items are collected curbside from single-family homes on public residential streets on a weekly basis: garbage, bulk items and yard waste. Materials are collected by separate vehicles, and therefore, could be collected at different times on your scheduled day (between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.).

Good Neighbor Tips – Trash Can Reminder video

Make sure all your material is set out at the curb by 7 a.m. the morning of your collection. There are no callbacks for service. Please remove your cans from the curb BEFORE 7 p.m. on your pick-up day.

2014 Recycling Calendar & Map

Mentor Trash Pick Up Schedule

If you have any questions, please call Waste Management at (800) 989-9278.

Recyclable materials include: newspapers, junk mail and office paper; plastic bottles and jars (those marked #1-#7 on the bottom); chipboard (cereal boxes); glass bottles and jars; aluminum and steel cans. 

BULK ITEMS

Weekly garbage service also includes the collection of bulk items. Subscribers can dispose of appliances, furniture and other large items that might not fit in a container. Call Waste Management ONE DAY BEFORE your collection day to insure pick up. Prohibited materials include tires, hazardous materials, yard waste, construction or demolition debris, large auto parts or dead animals. CFC’s in air conditioners and refrigerators MUST be removed prior to pick up and the appliance must be property tagged by a certified technician. You can call the Public Works Department at (440) 974-5780 for other disposal options.

HOLIDAYS THAT IMPACT CURBSIDE PICK-UP DAY:
New  Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.  If a holiday falls on a weekday, your service will be conducted the day following your regular pick-up day. If the holiday falls on a weekend, your service will NOT be delayed.

YARD WASTE

In addition to subsidizing the cost of garbage collection, the city provides free yard waste collection service to all single family homes. Yard waste is picked up on the same day as your garbage (although it will be collected at a different time on your collection day).

In 2014, the program runs from April 7 through December 19. Collection is limited to 12 units per week, but increases to 25 units per week from October to December. Each unit should weigh less than 35 lbs.

Brush should not exceed three inches in diameter and must be cut into four foot lengths and tied in bundles. Grass clippings, plants, leaves, small twigs, hedge trimmings, etc. can be contained in paper yard waste bags or rigid containers up to 32 gallon capacity with holes drilled on the side near the bottom to allow for water drainage. Leave the lid off and mark the container with YW. Please call Waste Management with any service concerns.

Any other questions can be directed to the City’s Public Works Department at (440) 974-5780 or pubworks@cityofmentor.com.

OTHER ITEMS OF NOTE

  • Residents can also use private paper collection bins located for disposal of junk mail and office paper. These green and bright yellow collection bins with the “Paper Retriever” logo on the side are offered as fundraisers for various organizations, such as the schools and library. Download this list of Mentor locations.
  • Condominiums and apartments are private developments on private roads and, therefore, outside the scope of this program. Those living in apartments or condos are encouraged to contact their management companies or homeowner’s association to implement recycling collection programs as a companion to the garbage service provided at those properties. 

OTHER RECYCLING OPTIONS

The Lake County Solid Waste District will no longer organize special phone book collections, but they can still be recycled by placing them in one of the Paper Retriever bins located throughout the county. Download this list of Mentor locations. For other recycling options, visit the Lake County website and click on Recycling Collections, then scroll to the bottom and click on Additional Recycling Options.

  • Fluorescent bulbs can be recycled at Home Depot or Lowe’s.
  • Yard waste can also be dropped off for a small fee at MRLM Landscape Materials ( a JTO, Inc. enterprise) at 6011 Heisley Road. The second Saturday of each month is free drop off for most items. Please call (440) 357-MRLM (6756) or visit www.mrlmllc.com.
  • Pharmaceutical Drug Collection & Disposal. Don’t just throw away your unwanted or expired prescription or over the counter medicines. Dispose of them safely, by taking them to the Mentor Police Department at 8500 Civic Center Boulevard and placing them in a special collection bin. Items collected include unwanted and expired prescriptions, cold/flu medications, pain relievers, pet medications, vitamins, creams, cough syrups, pills and prescription pain killers.  Remove, or black out the personal information printed on the pharmacy labels, but leave the medicines in their original package or container. Absolutely no needles or syringes are permitted in these bins.
  • Recycle Your Car. The nonprofit, Wheels For Wishes, benefits Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. They tow away, auction off, and recycle old cars free of charge.

The following will accept one-time use batteries for recycling:

  • Home Depot, 9615 Diamond Center, Mentor, (440) 942-357-0428

For information on where to dispose of computers, tires, household hazardous waste, visit the Lake County Department of Utilities’ website or call (440) 350-4000. List of 2014 Special Collections.

CHRISTMAS TREE DROP-OFF SITES

After the holidays are over, residents can take their tree to one of four drop-off sites: Edward R. Walsh Park at 7221 Bellflower Road (behind Farmington Meadows development); Eleanor B. Garfield Park at 7967 Mentor Avenue; Donald E. Krueger Park at 7556 Chillicothe Road, or Morton Park at 9325 Rosemary Lane.

Please remove all decorations before leaving your tree in the designated area. The drop-off sites are open until January 31st.

Trees will NOT be picked up at the curb with recyclable materials.