The bureau consists of 6 divisions that provide key services to the citizens and businesses of Akron as well as internal support to city staff. Each division is listed below along with the most requested services. Click on the name of each division to learn more about how this important bureau impacts the everyday lives of the citizens.
The City of Akron offers single stream recycling, which means you can combine all of your recyclables together. Please Do Not Bag Your Recycles. Please place them loose inside your cart for weekly collection.
To report a problem or request another cart, click the button above or call 3-1-1 from a landline phone or (330) 375-2311 from a cell phone.
On the following upcoming dates, Trash and Recycling collection will not be performed. Collection will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 16th
Memorial Day, May 29th
Independence Day, July 4th
Labor Day, September 4th
Thanksgiving Day, November 24th
Christmas Day, December 25th
HOW DO I RECYCLE?
In short, bottles and jugs are the plastic items that should be placed in your recycling cart, any containers should be thrown away. (For example, sour cream containers, butter containers, or yogurt containers.) Any boxes that contained cooked food are waste products and cannot be recycled. (For example, pizza boxes and chicken & Jo Jos boxes.) Paper towels and napkins are trash and cannot be recycled. The plastic grocery bags or trash bags are not acceptable, they can be recycled at the retailer.
Why don't we accept any item that is recyclable in nature? Because the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) that we take your recycled items to be processed only accepts the items that are listed below as acceptable. Take a brief moment to watch this video that answers this question in more detail. Thanks to NC DENR for allowing us to use:
So, here are the 5 most important rules to follow:
Place acceptable items in your recycling cart loose...DO NOT BAG!
The below video is another educational tool for our curbservice customers to help Recycle the correct way.
HERE ARE ACCEPTABLE ITEMS TO RECYCLE IN YOUR CART:
Office / school papers (NON SHREDDED)
Beer & beverage packages
Milk & juice cartons
Soup & broth cartons
Other food and beverage cartons
Water, soda & sports drink bottles
Milk, iced tea, Juice containers
Soap, dish liquid, & laundry detergent containers
Cardboard (please flatten cardboard)...do not bundle!
Aluminum and metal cans:
Soda & beverage cans
Soup and vegetable cans
Tomato sauce cans
DO NOT PUT THE FOLLOWING ITEMS IN YOUR CART
THESE ITEMS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE IN THE CITY OF AKRON:
Aerosol cans (full or empty)
Bottle caps or lids
Campaign signs brackets
Carpeting & padding
Glass OF ANY KIND
Hangers - metal or plastic
Pots & pans
Railroad spikes / ties
Please note: there are some items above that may be "recyclable" but are not accepted at the recycling center where we take your items.**
Recycling Items That Don't Fit Into Your Cart:
The city also "recycles" large items such as automobile tires, household appliances (refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, air conditioners) by collecting them weekly from your curb.
Simply place these items next to your trash and recycle carts, and we will pick them up on your normal collection day. We then take them to a local salvage company to make sure they are recycled properly and kept out of landfills.
We are responsible for the maintenance of land throughout the city. We maintain the grounds at all 13 Community Centers, 32 major parks and athletic complexes, and oversee contractors at 26 additional parks.
We maintain all city owned buildings, community centers, park play equipment, park lighting and pools. This includes City Hall, Stubbs Justice Center, and the CitiCenter Bldg. We also oversee the operations of surface lots and parking garages contracted to AMB, Inc.