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Business recycling programs and seminars

Several times throughout the year, the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District offers FREE seminars to businesses and other organizations.  Businesses can learn how to start or improve a workplace recycling program as well as how to contract for waste hauling or recycling services. 

Program Description

Join the staff of the Solid Waste District as we walk you through the steps to launch or expand a successful workplace waste reduction and recycling program.

Successful Recycling in your Workplace

District staff will discuss how to start a recycling program or improve the one you currently have.  Learn about the different recyclable commodities, commercial composting, waste haulers and specialty recycling companies, performing a "dumpster dive" or waste sort and how to analyze the results, choosing the proper indoor recycling containers and signage for them, choosing a waste hauling and recycling company, educating employees/students/visitors on the program, changing recycling behaviors, marketing your recycling program, and how to make your recycling program sustainable. 

Contracting for Waste & Recycling Services

District staff will discuss the terms and conditions of the contracts, types of contracts, fees, and how to structure an agreement to best suit your business.

Who should attend?

Businesses and non-profits who are interested in beginning or improving upon their recycling program or need contracting assistance.

What are attendees saying about the program?

One-hundred and five (105) businesses attended our workplace recycling and contracting seminars in 2013.  Public venues, hotel chains, manufacturing facilities, universities, schools, national parks, places of worship, non-profits, city and local government, property management and real estate development firms, hospitals, small businesses and start-ups were among the many businesses who took advantage of the opportunity to start or improve their recycling programs and learn about contracting for waste and recycling services.  Some of our recent feedback includes the following comments:

  • “There was a wealth of information for both business or home.” – flooring company employee
  • “A lot of great information and well-educated presenters.” – uniform company employee
  • "I learned about the necessity of good signage and convenience.” – newspaper employee
  • “There was a lot of great information and perspective.” – design company owner
  • “I had no idea how many different types of recyclables there were.  It’s gotten me excited to further our program!” – aviation employee
  • “The presentation was very informative.” – county employee
  • “The presentation exceeded my expectations.  I learned a lot.” – employee of a non-profit
  • “The contract presentation was extremely informative and thorough.” – hospital employee
  • “I wanted to come in and learn something new about recycling practices.  Mission accomplished!” – city employee 

Upcoming Seminars

In 2014, seminars are scheduled for the following dates and times.  Registration is required and can be completed online.  Seating is limited.

When: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 (at Tower City Center, Cleveland)
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Where: Solid Waste District, 4750 East 131 Street, Garfield Heights, 44105
Tower City Center, Room 100.31, 230 W. Huron Road, Cleveland, Ohio (July 22 only)
Sessions: Attendees may attend one or both of the sessions listed below
* Session 1:  Successful Recycling in your Workplace -- 9:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.    
* Session 2:  Contracting for Waste & Recycling Services -- 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 
Cost: Free
Register: Register here for April 24
Register here for June 25
Register here for July 22
Register here for September 23

Download the flyer for our free 2014 business seminars.

For more information, contact the District's Business Recycling Specialist Doreen Schreiber at (216) 443-3732 or 

Calendar of Events

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program
City Service Departments

April 1-30, 2014
Recycle Your Computer Month
City Service Departments

April 23, 2014
Solid Waste District Board Meeting

April 23, 2014
Compost Seminar & Bin Sale
Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus

April 24, 2014
Waste & Recycling $ense for Business seminar

April 24, 2014
Compost Seminar & Bin Sale
Cuyahoga Community College Westshore Campus

April 26, 2014
DEA Drug Disposal Event
Local law enforcement

April 29, 2014
Compost Seminar & Bin Sale
Parma Heights

May 6-16, 2014
Elect to Recycle: Campaign sign recycling


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