Solid Waste Management District
Please Note: The Lorain County Solid Waste Management District is not responsible for your waste, recycling, or bulk pick up. For those issues, you will need to contact your waste hauler. (click here)
Mission of the District
Our mission is to implement the Lorain County Solid Waste Management Plan by educating and encouraging recycling efforts, waste reduction & litter prevention in Lorain County.
The District is governed by the Lorain County Board of Commissioners and is advised by a Solid Waste Policy Committee.
Solid Waste Management Districts
The Ohio General Assembly established the Solid Waste Management Districts of Ohio in 1989 and required each county to belong to one. Our District was set up to include the whole of Lorain County, plus all of the City of Vermilion. The responsibilities and duties of each District fall into two broad categories:
- To prepare and maintain a comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan, and measure progress toward its goals by collecting detailed statistics on recycling and solid waste disposal.
- To promote recycling, reuse, and reduction of solid waste through educational and informational programs, support of recycling businesses and organizations, and the direct operation or support of actual collection events and programs.
- Why was my Trash / Recycling / Bulk not picked up?
The Lorain County Solid Waste Management District is not responsible for your waste, recycling or bulk pick up. For questions or concerns,
- When is the Lorain County Collection Center open?
The Lorain County Collection Center is open on:
Mondays 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesdays 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(Hours of operation may change due to weather or holidays.)
- Do I need to prepare my paint before I bring it to the Collection Center?
No, you do not need to prepare your old paint prior to it to be recycled at the collection center.
- How many tires can I bring in to be recycled?
Only transport 10 or less per load.
In the state of Ohio, it is illegal to transport more than 10 scrap tires at time anywhere in the state without first being registered with or obtaining a registration certificate from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
- How do I recycle my Dehumidifier / Refrigerator / Air Conditioner?
If your community doesn’t allow for appliance disposal or the freon must be removed first - you can also take it to a company that has a certified freon recovery program and they will remove the freon and usually keep the appliance for recycling. (Freon containing appliances include: Refrigerators, deep freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers.)
- What happens if residents put the wrong items in their curbside recycling?
Make sure you know how to Recycle Right in Lorain County!
When non-recyclable items go into your recycling bin this is considered contamination.
When the load of recyclables arrives at the material recovery facility (MRF) to be sorted, those pieces of contamination have to be sorted out. This is costly and takes a lot of extra time. When truck of recyclables arrive at the MRF it is checked and depending on the level of contamination – could result in a fine on the city from where it came or, if heavily contaminated, could be diverted to the landfill.