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Sept 13, 2018 Newsletter

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You may have seen recent media reports about the problems facing recycling these days.  These problems include people not recycling or contaminating recyclables with garbage and shrinking markets caused by China's decision to restrict imports of recyclables.

These problems affect us here locally and your cooperation is needed to reduce recycling contamination.  This will help keep recycling viable.

Recycling contamination is caused when a resident puts unacceptable or non-recyclable items into their recycle cart.  Some examples include every day garbage, food waste, yard waste, garden hoses, syringes, batteries, plastic bags, scrap metal, shredded paper and even bowling balls to name a few.  These items don't belong in your curbside recycling because they are either hazardous to employees, not recyclable, or were not designed to be sorted at the recycling plant.  It costs money to remove and then landfill these items.  This cost is passed on to our community through p rice increases.  Please recycle properly.  Here are the rules:


Empty & Rinse   Empty & Rinse   Empty & Rinse     Flatten         Empty & Rinse
                         Replace Cap                                                    Replace Cap

  1. FOOD AND BEVERAGE CANS--empty and rinse.
  2. MILK, JUICE AND BROTH CARTONS--empty, rinse and replace cap.
  3. GLASS BOTTLES AND JARS--empty, rinse and replace cap.
  4. PAPER AND BOXES--include all paper, mail, magazines, newspaper, cereal boxes and flattened cardboard.  Do not include shredded paper.
  5. PLASTIC BOTTLES AND JUGS--empty, rinse and replace cap.  Disregard the numbers on plastic.  Recycle bottles and jugs only.  Other plastics are not recyclable at this time.


How to Avoid
Credit Card

Look twice
BEFORE you swipe
You rarely let your credit card out of sight, so how do thieves get your credit card
information?  Could be from a friend waiting tables at a restaurant, but often bad guys get your card info by using something called a credit card skimmer.

A credit card skimmer is a portable capture device that is attached in front of or on top of the legitimate scanner.  The skimmer passively records the card data as you insert your credit card into the scanner.  Thieves will affix the card skimmer to gas pumps, ATMs or other convenient self-service point-of-sale terminals because those machines generally receive a lot of traffic and it is easy to retrieve the skimmer.

Some skimmers capture the card information using a magnetic reader while a miniature camera records you typing in your PIN.  Other devices have a secondary keypad over the top of the actual keypad to capture your PIN and record it when it passes the code to the real keypad.  Once the information is retrieved from the skimmer, it can be copied onto the magnetic strip of a blank card.  The "new" card is then used to make purchases or withdraw cash.
How to detect and avoid having your card skimmed at the ATM or gas pump:
  • Inspect the card reader and the area near the PIN pad.  If the scanning device doesn't match the machine's color or style, it may be a skimmer.
  • Look at other nearby gas pumps or card readers to see if they match the one you intend to use.  If the card reader and setup look different, you may have just spotted a skimmer.
  • Trust your instincts.  When in doubt, use a different machine or go to another location.
  • Avoid using your PIN at the gas pump.  Choose the credit card option rather than the debit card option so that you do not have to input your code.  Credit card transactions often require that you enter the billing zip code which is much safer than inputting the PIN.
  • Keep an eye on your accounts and report any suspicious activity immediately.

   A friendly reminder from the North Royalton Police Department

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th Open House and Clean Water Fest

Click here for all the details


We've been hearing, "I've lived in North Royalton and didn't know that we have a Senior Center!" Yes, we do and something is always going on!  Our doors are open to anyone 55 and over that wants to join in and have some fun!  YOUR local Senior Center is located with the Deaconess-Perry Center Apartment building (south side entrance) at 13500 Ridge Road, we're here Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm......We'd love to have you join Debra Burrows at 440-582-6333 for more information.

On Monday, Sept. 17th UH Clinical Nutritionist Julie Wise returns for "Probiotics and Your Health" at 10 am.  Julie has a wealth of knowledge to share and is always available for questions after her talk.

We have a trained representative from OSHIIP (Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program) available every month to meet with you one-on-one for any questions you may have regarding your Medicare or if you are new to Medicare and need help to understand your options.  Appointments are available for Tuesday, September 18th by calling 440-582-6333.

Stop in to check us out and get your September calendar now!  Like the city on Facebook and/or sign up for our weekly newsletter at, our calendars are available on the web under Aging and Human Services.

Safety Tips from your Fire Department

National Preparedness Month (NPM), recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.   

Read below for Week 2 information.  I have also included several links with more information pertaining to this week’s Life Saving Skills.    

Week 2:  September 9-15-Learn Life Saving Skills

  • Know basic home maintenance to protect your family and home. Learn how to mitigate your home against flood damage, or protect against the impacts of earthquakes..
  • Learn how to turn off utilities, like natural gas in your home.
  • Put smoke alarms on every level of your home, test them monthly, and replace them when they are 10 years old.
  • Know the ways to keep your home safe from cooking, heating & electrical fires.
  • On National Day of Action, Saturday, September, 15, attend a preparedness event, practice a plan at home or make a kit, link -

Save the Date:

Also Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management (CCOEM) will host a preparedness event at SouthPark Mall (500 Southpark Center, Strongsville, OH 44136), on September 22, 2018 from Noon-3pm.  The event will provide citizens with information on how to better prepare for emergencies within their homes, businesses, schools, and communities. Several organizations will be on hand, including: the Strongsville Police Department, the RTA Police (KidWatch), US Coast Guard Auxiliary, United Way, Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs, the American Red Cross, Concentra, the Cuyahoga County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, and of course the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management!

The celebration of the 200th year of our great city is still going on!

The Museum will be Open during the Harvest Fest on Sunday, September 23rd.

Come get your Bicentennial Tee Shirt and Pennant before they are gone!

 We have Bicentennial Tee Shirts and
 Pennants with the above logo available. 
 Many shirt sizes available at $12 each or
 two for $20.  All proceeds benefit the NR
 Historical Society.  Thank you.

We are always looking for new people with new ideas on how we can preserve
the history of NR!  We appreciate your help and support!

Contact Georgia at 440-773-4509 (cell/text) or email



If you haven’t already, don’t forget to mark your calendar for Saturday, September 22nd, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. located at 14600 State Road (City Hall/Memorial Park parking lot) so you don’t miss out on this great event!

This event is a public service open to all North Royalton, non-business residents at no cost. Please bring proper identification indicating you are a North Royalton resident. The best part about the Shred Events? All your documents are shredded on site and there is NO LIMIT to how much material you can bring!


Do Include: small paper clips, staples do not have to be removed
  • Accounting ledger paper
  • Adding machine tape
  • Advertisements
  • Booklets, brochures
  • Copy machine paper
  • Colored paper
  • Computer paper, Faxes
  • Envelopes
  • Manila file folders – bleachable
  • Greeting cards
  • Laser printer paper
  • Legal pad paper
  • Post-it notes
  • NCR paper
  • Receipts
  • All types of white paper
Do Not Include:
  • Newspapers, phone books, magazines
  • Binders
  • Books
  • Pendaflex folders
  • Food and candy wrappers
  • Waxed paper
  • Napkins 
  • Styrofoam containers 
QUESTIONS: North Royalton Service Department 440-582-3002

If you are unable to attend our Shred Event but still want to dispose of your personal records, there are many options for paper shredding and document destruction in Cuyahoga County see a list of options.

Don't forget to have your trash
 at the curb by 7:00 a.m.

Hazardous Waste Collections This Fall
This month, county residents are encouraged to clean out their garages and basements and drop-off their household hazardous waste at their local service department on designated collection days.  The program provides for the environmentally-safe disposal of hazardous, poisonous or toxic household products that cannot be disposed in the regular trash.  See more about disposing of household hazardous waste.

So what do I do with numbered plastic containers?
Recycling rules have changed.  Placing an item in your recycling cart based on its number is no longer the best way to identify items for recycling.  The number is a resin code telling different chemical compounds with different processing methods and doesn't tell if an item can be recycled in a curbside program.  All plastics are not the same.  To help people better identify what can be recycled at this time, the focus is now on its shape.  Learn more.

If you have any questions regarding our trash and recycling programs please contact the Service Department at 440-582-3002.

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