Recycling Schedule

Rootstown Township Recycling

The Portage County Solid Waste Management District converted to single-stream collection in 2015.

In 2016, Rootstown Township contracted for a 5-year term with the Portage County Solid Waste Management District for curbside recycling at $2.25/month and weekly pickup. About 66% of those in the Rootstown community surveyed and at public hearings were for curbside recycling.

In 2022, the Portage County Solid Waste Management District will be picking up recycling for $5.50/month and every other week county-wide. There are no opt-outs and billing will be put on annual tax records. Rootstown pickups will continue to be on Friday. A 2021 Rootstown community survey showed that over 93% of responders recycle and 69% were still for curbside recycling even with the bi-weekly pickup and increased rate.

Pickup day for residents occurs every other Friday. Please see the pickup calendar on the township webpage recycling link for which Friday. Please have your recyclables at the curb by 5:30am or the night before. If there is a holiday, pick up days are normally delayed one day.

Please be sure that your cart is as close to the road as possible and that the arrow on the top of the container is pointing to the street. To ensure that neither your cart nor your property is damaged, please place your cart at least 3 feet away from any other objects (pole, mailbox, another container, car, etc.).

Rootstown's contamination rate was about 19% of the total 721 tons of recycles picked up in 2020, which is well below the national average, but can still be improved.

If you are going to have an excess amount of cardboard, please call 330-678-8808, so that they can arrange for a special pickup.

Please be aware that some of the packing materials from delivery services are not recyclable, such as the air-filled plastic bags and polystyrene peanuts.

Acceptable Materials:
Plastics #1 and #2 (please rinse)
Glass Bottles & Jars (please rinse)
Aluminum & Tin cans (please rinse)
Cartons, milk, juice, food (please rinse)
Paper
Newspaper
Magazines
Receipts / Junk Mail
Cardboard (throw out take-out containers that have food waste imbedded)

Unacceptable Materials:
Trash
Food
Food waste in or on the recyclable item (please rinse containers)
Plastic bags, bubble wrap, Styrofoam/polystyrene,
Yard debris
Construction debris, wood, window glass, mirrors, light bulbs, water hoses
Scrap metal
Electronics, batteries
Appliances, furniture

For appliances, hazardous waste, paint, and other items please contact 330-678-8808, or portagerecycles.com and choose the "What Do I Do With" tab.