It took a little while, but now in November, the leaves across Northeast Ohio are finally changing to beautiful shades. That means it's FINALLY time to get out those rakes or hire a lawn company to start fall clean up! Here's some tips and tricks to make leaf cleanup easy!
LEAVE THEM! Consider mulching leaves with your lawn mower for some of nature’s fertilizer, leaves provide nutrients for healthy soil. Mulched leaves aren’t just good for your lawn they’re also excellent to add to any garden space! Adding your mulched leaves, pine needles and evergreen branches in your flower beds help reduce the amount of yard waste you need hauled away. All while providing you with first-rate material to fertilize the gardens in the spring!
RAKE THEM! If mulching leaves is not for you or you have more than you need, rake the leaves and set them at the curb for yard waste collection. The Service Department is reminding residents, and their lawn care providers, all leaves must be bagged for collection in North Royalton.
The leaves that fall into your yard should never be put into or near storm drains, ditches, creeks or the river. Roadside ditches and other stormwater drains are critical elements of our storm sewer system and to prevent flooding they should not be purposefully blocked. Many leaves naturally fall into the waterways, but we should be mindful not to upset the natural balance. Leaf litter is one of the biggest contaminants when it comes to stormwater. We all need to play our part to collect and reuse or properly dispose of yard waste to keep our waterways clean!
Clean up your home and stay green this fall!
Lawns aren’t the only thing getting attention this fall, many residents are preparing their homes and garages for impending winter. That means cleaning up and clearing out which can produce a lot of excess stuff such as leftover hazardous waste, old clothing and outdated electronics. What’s an environmentally-minded Northeast Ohioan supposed to do?
CuyahogaRecycles.org has all the answers. It’s the go-to resource for residents to learn about recycling rules, composting, donating and everything to do with reducing, reusing an recycling in Cuyahoga County.
Here are just a few recycling tips for a cleaner and greener fall season:
- Fall is the perfect time to gather up all your household hazardous waste products and participate in North Royalton’s collection program. We collect household hazardous waste year-round at our Recycle Yard located at 11545 Royalton Rd. Hours are Saturdays ONLY 8 am – 3 pm.
- Upgraded from last year’s gear and gadgets and get a new phone or computer? Don’t let those old electronics go to the landfill. Recycle them. Just not in your curbside recycling. Bring your old computers, cell phones, mobile devices, tablets and handheld electronics to our Recycle Yard. Other electronic items can be dropped off at Staples, Best Buy or Cleveland nonprofit RET3 job corp.
- Old clothes and shoes seem to pile up at the end of the season and nobody wants them taking up space around the house. While you can’t recycle them in your curbside recycling, they can be donated for reuse. Take advantage of Simple Recycling’s curbside collection by placing your unwanted items in the orange Simple Recycling bags and put them out on your regularly scheduled recycling day! To request additional bags, visit their website at www.simplerecycling.com/supplies or contact Simple Recycling at 866-835-5068. You can also search “clothing” on CuyahogaRecycles.org to find other donation locations across Cuyahoga County.
Thanksgiving Day 2018: Thursday November 22, 2018
Service will NOT occur on Thursday, November 22nd.
Service will be delayed one day during the rest of the week (Thursday will move to Friday; and Friday will move to Saturday). Rumpke will return to its regular collection schedule the following week.
View Rumpke’s holiday schedule to see a complete list of days that impact your service.
THE RECYCLE YARD WILL BE OPEN SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24TH FROM 8 AM – 3 PM.