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Safe & smart recycling, summer collection season

The Lake County Solid Waste District has partnered with the Department of Utilities to repurpose an area at the Landfill and Recycling Center in Painesville Twp. into a drop-off site.  This repurposed location is at 2039 Blase Nemeth Rd. in Painesville Twp. and will be a one-stop-shop allowing residents to bring recyclable items and household waste materials to one location, in one trip.  

This change also brings welcomed improvements like expanded hours and days, the added convenience of credit card payments, and expanded space for trailers to be utilized for hauling multiple items to the facility.

This permanent recycling drop-off area will be open to residents from June 6 through August 31 during the landfill’s standard business hours of Monday through Friday 7 am to 3:30 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Residents will be required to enter through the scale house entrance where they can pay with cash, check, and credit card for any fees associated with this drop-off.  Please be advised, that materials in an open truck bed or open trailer need to be tarped during transportation to the drop-off to be accepted.

Residents will unload their recyclable items and take them into the building to be stacked and sorted by our team.  Accepted items include appliances, household electronics, computer-related devices, monitors, televisions, and tires.  Residents can be assured all memory components on computer-related devices will be professionally erased or destroyed in a secure facility prior to being recycled.  Residents may bring up to six tires per day only.

The fees associated with this drop-off are as follows:

  • No cost/free: most corded and rechargeable household electronics including phones, computers, towers, and printers.
  • $3 each: car and pickup truck tires – no rims, six max. per day, up to 20”.
  • $5 each: household appliances, flat screens/tube screens 27" and smaller, and semi-truck tires - no rims, six max. per day, over 20”.
  • $10 each: flat/tube screens larger than 27", projection & console sets.
  • $15 each: tractor and agricultural tires, no rims, six max per day.

For the time being, and due to an abundance of caution, the Household Hazardous Waste Collection events will remain at the Lake County Fairgrounds and are scheduled for June 11 and September 24 from 8 am–2 pm.  There are no fees associated with this collection. Keeping substances in their original containers or marking them, if possible, is recommended to shorten the processing times.  At the event, the collection team will unload your vehicle.  The Lake County Fairgrounds is located at 1301 Mentor Ave., Painesville Twp., enter only from Mentor Ave.

Hazardous waste accepted at this event includes most automotive, household cleaners, lawn, pool, and unknown chemicals.  Bulbs and batteries.  Aerosols, empty propane tanks, kerosene, mercury, paints (oil-based), polyurethanes, primers, and grout.  Roofing tars, shellacs, stains, thinners, turpentine, and varnish. 

The following items are prohibited at the collection event and at the Landfill and Recycling Center: Ammunition, explosives, latex paint (dry it & toss it), medical waste, prescription medicines, and smoke alarms (mail to manufacturer).

For a complete listing of all accepted and prohibited items, please visit or refer to social media by searching @LCDUOhio or call (440) 350-2645 during standard business hours.