Mayor Cyril Kleem
According to the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, the City of Berea’s recycling rate for 2015 was 45.18 percent. That is down slightly from 2014, when the recycling rate was 45.89 percent.
The Solid Waste District keeps tabs on all communities in the county. Berea’s recycling rate is above the county average of 35.42 percent. That also was a decline from 2014 when the countywide rate was 36.34 percent. Most cities did see a slight decrease.
By contrast, Berea did collect a record amount of hazardous waste during the April roundup. Residents dropped off 6,319 pounds of paint, caustic cleaners, motor oil, pesticides and other hazardous wastes during the two-day collection. The next hazardous waste roundup will be Sept. 16-17 at the Berea Service Garage, 400 Barrett Road. It will be combined with a Shred Fest and a Computer Roundup.
The Shred Fest in May and the Computer & Electronics Roundup in June, co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Berea, also collected thousands of pounds of material. Residents brought in 12,175 pounds of documents for shredding. The computer roundup collected 5,313 pounds of old computer equipment, cell phones, floppy discs, printers, cords and other items. At the roundup, residents also filled a 55-gallon drum with expired medications and donated 100 pairs of eyeglasses.
For 2015, Berea deposited 4,740 tons of waste in the landfill. But the City recycled 1,558 tons of paper, glass, plastic, scrap metal, appliances, computers, tires and household hazardous waste. The City also recycled 2,357 tons of yard waste.
Neighboring communities did not fare as well. Brook Park’s recycling rate for 2015 was 16 percent. Middleburg Heights came in at 39 percent, Strongsville was 30 percent and Olmsted Falls was 43 percent.
Bay Village had the highest residential recycling rate in 2015 with 73.5 percent of its waste being diverted from landfills. For more on the Solid Waste District’s annual recycling report, go to www.cuyahogarecycles.org.