Disposal of trash has a big environmental impact. To achieve a sustainable Cleveland, the city’s residents and businesses must reduce the amount of trash they create and increase the amount they recycle. Below is the recycling rate per year for the City of Cleveland and the County average. Sustainable Cleveland aims to reduce overall waste (trash and recycling), while increasing the percent recycled. Recycling rate can be defined as the percentage of the community’s residential waste diverted from landfills through recycling and composting activities.