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Fall Leaf Pickup Information

The leaf collection program helps prevent street catch basin blockages, sewer backups into homes and standing water in the roadways that can cause ice patches. The leaf program is not intended to be a landscaping service. Residents should limit leaf collections from their front yards. Following are guidelines:

Do not rake leaves into to the street, and avoid blocking catch basins. Do not put sticks, rocks or other debris into the leaf piles, which may cause damage to the leaf equipment or injury to city workers.

Do not park vehicles on the street in front of the leaf piles during the scheduled week of collection. Parked cars hinder the collection process.

If it is not possible to have leaves ready for pickup on the tree lawn during a residents scheduled time, it is the responsibility of the resident to bag leaves according to Rumpke guidelines and put them out for trash pickup day.

The exact dates or times for leaf pickup is difficult to predict, but weather permitting, the schedule below will indicate the dates. For additional information, contact the Service Department at 440-885-8980 or 440-885-8191.

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Rumpke Rubbish Removal

Rumpke Waste & Recycling will start collecting waste one hour earlier on Monday, April 8, due to anticipated Solar Eclipse traffic.

Frequently Asked Questions about Rumpke’s Services
Map of Rubbish Routes

Parma Ordinance No. 131-16 allows for the collection of a rubbish pickup fee collected through Cuyahoga County Fiscal Office. For more information about this fee, call the Service Department at 440-885-8191.

Rumpke is Parma’s new waste and recycling company. The family-owned company, based in Circleville, Ohio, has provided services to residents and businesses throughout the region for nearly 90 years.

Garbage, recycling and yard waste are collected once a week. Use the brown Rumpke cart for regular trash and the smaller green Rumpke cart for recycling. Place refuse, yard waste or bulk trash within three feet of the curb by 7 a.m. Trash can be placed outside the day before pickup but not before noon.

If needed, a resident can put out six extra bags (plastic or paper) or three extra 32-gallon garbage cans of waste.

Regarding yard waste, it can be added to the regular rubbish (brown cart), placed in brown paper yard waste bags or put in plastic lawn bags. Do not place yard waste in the green recycle cart. Yard waste is collected on regular pickup days throughout the year.

Small tree or shrub branches can be placed in the brown cart, brown paper or plastic lawn bags or cut and bundled. The filled lawn bags or bundled branches must not weigh more than 40 pounds and should be placed on the tree lawn with other refuse.

Do not place household hazardous waste in the Rumpke carts. For example, batteries, oil-based paints, motor oil, scrap tires, pool chemicals, propane tanks, hot ashes, large car parts or syringes  should not be put in the carts. These items pose a fire, safety or environmental hazard.

Collections are not made on the following holidays:
          New Year’s Day
          Memorial Day
          Independence Day
          Labor Day
          Thanksgiving Day
          Christmas Day

If a holiday listed above lands on a weekday, collection after the holiday is delayed one day. If the holiday lands on a Saturday or Sunday, collection will not be delayed.

To reach Rumpke, email at or call 1-800-828-8171. Customer service hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit for more information about the company.

Bulk Pickup Guidelines

Proper Disposal of Bulk Waste

Residents can have their bulk garbage picked up on their weekly rubbish days. Bulk items such as appliances, mattresses, box springs, sofas and large furniture can be placed on the tree lawn.

Rumpke requires discarded mattresses, box springs and upholstered furniture such as sofas to be wrapped in sealable plastic. This is to prevent the possible transfer of bedbugs onto service workers’ clothing.

Large cardboard boxes that do not fit in the carts must be broken down, folded and placed next to the cart on the tree lawn.

Five Ways to Recycle Right

Want to do your part in preserving the earth for generations to come? Not sure how to participate? Recycling is one way to make a difference in saving the plane for a brighter tomorrow.

  1. Leave recyclables loose, not bagged.
    Plastic bags do not belong in your recycling bin or cart. The bags get tangled in the sorting machines at the recycling facilities and cause major problems for the recycling process. Plastic shopping bags can be recycled at many retail locations, including Giant Eagle, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Marc’s, Target and Walmart stores. 
  2. Make sure it is clean and empty.
    Rinse residue from cartons, containers, bottles and jars or any other recyclable that may contain food particles. For example, greasy pizza boxes are not accepted. 
  3. Keep it dry.
    When it comes to paper and cardboard, keeping it dry is imperative for the recycling process. Please flatten all cardboard boxes as well. 
  4. Do not wish-cycle.
    Think you can throw everything into your recycling bin, and it will get sorted at the recycling plant? Think again. Recycling only these five core items is paramount: cans, cartons, glass, paper and boxes, along with plastic bottles and jugs. Note that clothing should not be recycled. Instead, donate it.
  5. Join a social media community.
    Share a post. Write a story. Get engaged with the social media accounts in your community. You will find Cuyahoga County’s accounts located on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram YouTube and LinkedIn.

For more details about recycling, visit Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District at or or 216-443-3749.

See Recycling FAQs for Cuyahoga County and information on how to recycle properly

Find answers to your recycling, disposal and reuse questions by using the “What Do I Do With?” search bar located at the top of every page at  

Rumpke Recycling DetailsUse the green cart for recycling.

Fluorescent Bulb, Battery & Computer Recycling

Fluorescent Bulbs
Recycle CFL bulbs (small, twisty bulbs) for free at any Home Depot or Lowe’s store. Other types of bulbs, including fluorescent tubes, can be recycled at these locations.

Recycle rechargeable batteries for free at retail locations throughout Cuyahoga County. View the list of locations or visit Call2Recycle.

Recycle old, unwanted household computer equipment year round at 5680 Chevrolet Boulevard. CPUs, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, terminals, modems, software and other peripheral devices and accessories can be recycled. Televisions are not accepted. Hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Proper Disposal of Hazardous Waste & Other Items

Household Hazardous Waste
Household hazardous waste can be dropped off year-round (residents only) at 5680 Chevrolet Blvd. Hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Here is information about proper disposal of household hazardous waste and a list of acceptable materials.

Latex Paint
Latex and any water-based paint are not hazardous materials and not accepted in the city’s household hazardous waste collection. Latex paint should be dried and disposed in the regular rubbish. Here are instructions on how to dry latex paint.

The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office provides an ongoing disposal option for medication. The Sheriff’s RX Drug Drop Box program allows residents to deposit unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs at drop boxes in participating law enforcement agencies across Cuyahoga County. Unwanted or expired medications can also be dropped off at the Parma Police Department or at these other locations.

Propane Tanks
Recycle propane tanks and other pressurized cylinders through propane dealers and retail stores that sell propane and other pressurized gas. See details.

When buying new tires, dispose of the old tires through the tire retailer at the time of purchase. There is a small fee charged for tire disposal, which is a tax used for transporting and disposing of tires through state-licensed facilities. For old tires currently stored in a home garage, take advantage of the city’s round up of scrap tires (see the schedule below), or contact one of the following store chains who provide tire disposal for non-customers. These include Conrad’s Tire Express, Firestone Auto Care and National Tire and Battery.

2024 Special Saturday Drop-Off Schedule: City of Parma collection dates for household hazardous waste, computers and scrap tires.

Reporting Non-Working Street Lights

To report a non-working street light, contact FirstEnergy.

The Service Department does not handle any street lights, wires or tree limbs on private property. Service is only responsible for trees on tree lawns. To report downed wires or trees limbs impacting power lines, call The Illuminating Co. Emergency Outage Reporting Center at 888-544-4877. 

Senior Lawn Mowing and Snow Removal

Lawn mowing for income-eligible seniors begins when school dismisses for the summer in June and lasts for the following 10 weeks. This program is considered supplemental. Call 216-661-7372 to obtain an application.

Snow removal for income-eligible seniors will begin after the first four inches of snowfall. To help maintain fast service, keep driveways free of vehicles and open driveway fence gates. Please be patient for service because drivers plow more than 400 driveways. For applications for senior citizens or physically disabled residents in need of snow removal, call 216-661-7372.

Street Snow Removal

Snow removal on city streets will be prompt and as efficient as possible. Snowplow drivers plow the main streets first and the neighborhood streets second. Residents should keep vehicles off the street during a snowfall, especially when snow exceeds two inches and the parking ban goes into effect.

If city snowplows damage a resident tree lawn, the resident can call 440-885-8083 to be placed on a repair list. Repairs will begin in early spring or when weather permits.

Water Breaks

Water breaks that occur on city streets or tree lawns are the responsibility of  the Cleveland Division of Water. Contact Cleveland Water at 216-664-3060. If a water break is reported to City of Parma Service Department or Resident Services, it is dispatched to the City of Cleveland for repair.

Sewer Service

The Cuyahoga County Sanitary Engineer handles house calls for service. For service, call 216-443-8201 during business hours, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The after-hours emergency number is 800-683-2689. Leave a message, and a supervisor will contact the homeowner.

For problems with a storm sewer or catch basin, call Parma Service Department at 440-885-8195. After 3 p.m. on weekdays and weekends, call the Service Garage at 440-885-8980.


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Service Department: 440-885-8186
Fax: 440-855-8192

Service Garage: 440-885-8980
Fax: 440-885-8988

County Public Works

2022 Sewer Maintenance Report

2021 Sewer Maintenance Report

2020 Sewer Maintenance Report

2019 Sewer Maintenance Report


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