Habitat for Humanity Opens New Lake County ReStore in Eastlake

On August 6, 2016, Lake-Geauga Habitat for Humanity brought ReStore shopping back to Lake County with their new store at 34225 Vine Street in Eastlake.

The store is open for business Fridays and Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and accepts donations Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. (For more information about the new ReStore, as well as the organization’s other current projects in Lake County, see Kristi Garabrandt’s article in the Thursday, August 4, 2016 issue of the News-Herald.)

Besides Habitat for Humanity’s work in providing affordable new and rehabbed housing for local families, their ReStores serve the Recycling/Zero Waste community by providing:

  • A destination for donating such items as furniture, tools, electronics, housewares, and appliances.
  • An affordable resource for purchase of such items.

Click here for more information about Lake-Geauga Habitat for Humanity.

For a look at my own experience as a ReStore shopper, see my blog post Shopping Recycled: How I Replaced My Jenn-Air Range at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Saved Over $2,000.

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Shop Recycled: Habitat for Humanity to Open New ReStore in Eastlake

Great news for the local Recycling/Zero Waste community: according to a report earlier this month in the News-Herald, Lake-Geauga Habitat for Humanity will open a 17,000-square-foot retail store in the old Sears outlet facility at 34255 Vine Street in Eastlake. (Click here to read the News-Herald article.)

Habitat ReStores are retail stores open to the public. By accepting donations of new and gently used furniture, housewares, building materials, tools, plumbing, electrical supplies, etc., ReStores are able to resell these items at 50%–75% off retail prices. Low prices save money for savvy shoppers, and the proceeds help Habitat for Humanity to build affordable housing for low-income families.

A little over two years ago, I reported the closing of the Lake County Habitat for Humanity Painesville ReStore. (Read the full article here.) About a year ago, Geauga County Habitat for Humanity, now Lake-Geauga Habitat for Humanity, became Habitat International’s affiliate organization for Lake County. (Read the News-Herald report here.)

The new store, expected to open in July 2016, will be in addition to the Geauga County ReStore in Newberry and, at least initially, will maintain the same hours as the Newberry store, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am–5 pm.

Habitat for Humanity provides affordable housing for families in need by building new homes and rehabbing abandoned properties which would otherwise be demolished. Renovation instead of demolition reuses much of the existing structure, thus keeping building materials out of the landfill. Reuse of materials donated to Habitat’s ReStores helps contain building costs and makes use of what otherwise is likely to be discarded. (How much can you save by shopping at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore? I saved over $2,000 when I purchased my Jenn-Air range at a local ReStore. Read the full story here.)

Habitat for Humanity ReStores: Keeping Building Materials Out of the Landfill.

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Shiloh Industries: 11th Location Is Landfill Free

Congratulations to Valley City, Ohio’s Shiloh Industries for reaching landfill-free status at eleven of its facilities — all of its locations in Europe and Mexico, and five of its U.S. plants — and for continued progress toward total landfill-free status at its remaining plants, which are now an average of 97.4% landfill-free.

Shiloh Industries, #32 in Forbes magazine’s 2014 list of America’s Best Small Companies, has reached this milestone by utilizing recyclable raw materials and identifying alternative solutions for the waste produced. Through the first ten months of the fiscal year ending October 31, 2015, the Medina County based company has kept 220 million pounds of waste material out of landfills.

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Lake County Household Hazardous Waste Collection: Saturday, June 6

Lake County residents are encouraged to collect their household hazardous waste and deliver it on Saturday, June 6, to the Lake County Fairgrounds at 1301 Mentor Avenue in Painesville Township (map).

  • Materials will be accepted only at the Lake County Fairgrounds and only on Saturday, June 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • The collection will take place no matter what the weather is.
  • Technicians will unload your vehicle.
  • This collection is for Lake County residents only. Items from businesses will not be accepted.
  • Leave the product in its original container if possible, or label the contents if you know what they are.

For information on materials that will and will not be accepted, see the Lake County Solid Waste District web site (scroll down to “Hazardous Waste Collection — June 6, 2015”).

The Solid Waste District collects hazardous wastes because they are dangerous to people, pets, and the environment. Take them to the Lake County Fairgrounds on hazardous waste collection day, and you will Keep Them Out of the Landfill.

Cuyahoga County Residents: Household hazardous waste is collected in Cuyahoga by each municipality’s service department. See the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District’s Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program web page for information about municipal collections.

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Local executives named SWANA Ohio Executives of the Year

The Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the Solid Waste District Association of North America (SWANA) has named two local sustainability managers 2014 executives of the year.

SWANA Ohio Executives of the Year 2014

SWANA Ohio Executives of the Year 2014

 

Diane Bickett, Executive Director , Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District: 2014 Professional of the Year

A member of the Solid Waste District since its formation in 1995, Deputy Director of the Solid Waste District 1998–2009, and Executive Director since 2009, Diane Bickett numbers among her accomplishments:

  • Her role in the formation of the Cuyahoga County Paper Marketing Cooperative.
  • Her leadership in establishing the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection, now Ohio’s largest HHW collection.
  • Opening of the District’s Special Waste Convenience Center, in 2011, providing Cuyahoga County communities a 5 days/week drop-off for HHW, and earning recognition for the District in 2012 as Solid Waste Operator of the Year.

The full text of Diane’s award recognition can be found on the SWANA Ohio Buckeye Chapter website.

Nancy Hughes, Cleveland Metroparks Sustainability Manager: Solid Waste Operator of the Year

As Sustainability Manager of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Nancy Hughes is responsible for:

  • Management of the zoo’s on-site composting program, which processes the facility’s annual production of 4,000 cubic yards of manure from elephants and other large herbivores and incorporates other vegetative material to produce sweet-smelling compost used throughout the zoo’s many gardens.
  • Management of recycling programs used for zoo operations and supporting vendors, including computer equipment, aluminum cans, pallets, paper and cardboard, florescent bulbs, inkjet cartridges, cell phones, etc.
  • Development and management of the zoo’s comprehensive education and awareness program for schools, businesses, organizations, and other zoos.

Through Nancy’s influence, the zoo’s Master Plan includes a sustainability goal, and, as a founding member of ZeroWaste NEO, she continues to promote the principles of Zero Waste throughout the community.

The full text of Nancy’s award recognition can be found on the SWANA Ohio Buckeye Chapter website.

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