Paper & Boxes

Paper & Boxes

Paper is the most recycled material in the U.S. In Cuyahoga County, you can include these types of paper in your curbside recycling:

Newspapers and inserts
Magazines and catalogs
Junk mail and envelopes (window envelopes are okay)
Postcards, greeting cards, coupon packets
Phone books
Paper grocery bags
Cereal and dry food boxes, shoe boxes, toothpaste or OTC medicine boxes
Paper tubes, tissue boxes (toilet paper, paper towels)
Office paper, stationery, business cards, any color
Hard (cover removed) or soft cover books
Wrapping paper (including the cardboard tube)
Cardboard (flattened)
Paper shopping bags
Clean pizza boxes (free of excess food and grease)
Paper egg cartons

[video] Learn more about recycling paper and boxes.

Do not place shredded paper in your curbside recycling. Instead, take your shredded paper to one of the Paper Retriever or River Valley paper drop off recycling bins located in the parking lots of schools and churches. Use a brown Kraft bag to hold your paper recycling.

Apartment and condominium dwellers can recycle too. See our blog post about recycling options in your building.

Businesses with large quantities of mixed paper can contact local paper recycling companies for service information. See a list in our Business Recycling Directory.

Paper and boxes can be donated to local community service organizations that use the materials to support their work. See a list of donation opportunities below. 

Donation Locations