Waste Management Truck

Trash is collected weekly. Recyclable materials are collected every other week. Please refer to the service map to determine collection days.  Service is provided through Waste Management.

If a holiday falls on a weekday, service will be conducted the day after your regular pick-up day. If the holiday falls on a weekend, your service will NOT be delayed. Applicable holidays are: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Make sure your material is set out at the curb no later than 7:00 A.M. on the day of your collection. There are no callbacks for service. You may place your materials out no earlier than 3:00 P.M. on the day before your collection.

Please remove your cans from the curb before 7 A.M. on the day following regular collection.

Cost for garbage collection and recycling is $8.24 per month. Waste Management will bill this amount to you on a quarterly basis; call them at 1-866-797-9018 to set up new service or to modify service.

Service is for single family homes on public residential streets. 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.

Garbage, bulk items and yard waste are collected on a weekly basis. 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.).

Residents can dispose of appliances, furniture and other large items that might not fit in a container. 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.

The yard waste program runs from the first full week of April through the second full week of December.  Collection is limited to 12 units per week from April through the third week of October, and increases to 25 units per week the last full week of 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.

Recyclable materials include: newspapers, junk mail and office paper; plastic bottles and jars (those marked #1-#7 on the bottom); chipboard (cereal boxes); corrugated cardboard boxes (flattened and not larger than 4 ft. x 4 ft.) glass bottles and jars; aluminum and steel cans.

Please note that no pizza boxes or corrugated cardboard boxes with food residue can be recycled.

Trees WILL NOT be picked up at the curb with recyclable materials. After the holidays are over, residents can take their tree to one of four drop-off sites.

  • Edward R. Walsh Park, 7221 Bellflower Road (behind Farmington Meadows development)
  • Eleanor B. Garfield Park, 7967 Mentor Avenue
  • Donald E. Krueger Park, 7556 Chillicothe Road
  • Morton Park, 9325 Rosemary Lane.

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

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.

Fluorescent bulbs can be recycled at Home Depot or Lowe’s.

Pharmaceutical drugs can be safely disposed in the special collection bin located at the Mentor Police Department at 8500 Civic Center Blvd. 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:

  • Bulldog Batteries, 37645 Vine Street, Willoughby, (440) 942-2555
  • Home Depot, 9615 Diamond Center, Mentor, (440) 942-357-0428
  • Lake County Solid Waste District conducts a Household Hazardous Waste Collection, twice per year at the Lake County Fairgrounds, (440) 350-2908

For information on where to dispose of computers, tires, household hazardous waste, visit the Lake County Department of Utilities’ website or call (440) 350-2644. You may also call the Ohio State University Extension Office at 440-350-2582.

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