Recycling Clothing: Suit Yourself Donation Day Saturday, August 2

This weekend, you can recycle clothing through Suit Yourself, and help a woman find a job.

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On Saturday, August 2, the all-volunteer non-profit agency Suit Yourself is collecting gently worn professional clothing, shoes, and accessories to be furnished to women in transition who are seeking employment.

Those donations will go to clients of Suit Yourself’s social service agency partners: women who are entering or returning to the workforce — women who need appropriate clothing for interviews and to wear on the job but, right now, can’t afford to buy it.

For more information about how to donate and what happens to your donations, click here. To download a Suit Yourself donation form, click here.

When and Where to Donate

Suit Yourself accepts donations, from 10 a.m. until noon on the first Saturday of each month, at 47 West Walnut Avenue in Painesville (map).

The currently scheduled donation day is Saturday, August 2. Donation days for the second half of 2014 are:

  • Saturday, August 2
  • Saturday, September 6
  • Saturday, October 4
  • Saturday, November 8
  • Saturday, December 5

Other Donations, Volunteer Inquiries Welcome

Financial donations, which are of course welcome at any time and are used to purchase non-donated items such as hosiery, may be mailed to Suit Yourself, 47 West Walnut Avenue, Painesville, Ohio 44077.

Suit Yourself also welcomes inquiries from potential volunteers. For information about volunteering, click here.

Donate clothing to Suit Yourself: help someone find a job, and keep usable clothing out of the landfill.

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Cuyahoga County Enrolling 2014 Master Recycler Class

The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District is accepting applications for its 2014 Master Recycler class.

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I took this class last year, and it was well worth the time and effort.

  • Our class consisted of a group of committed recyclers. Unless you work in the industry (and maybe even if you do), this probably doesn’t happen to you very often.
  • We got to know the Solid Waste Management District staff and the valuable functions they provide for the communities in Cuyahoga County.
  • The lectures and tours (four lectures, alternating weekly with four tours/field trips) explored and clarified many of the confusing aspects of recycling and what determines what goes into the recycling bin.
  • In lecture sessions, we heard from experts in waste management and from many of agencies that reuse, repurpose, or recycle materials that would otherwise go into the landfill.
  • Our tours took us to waste management facilities of various types, explained and demonstrated each facility’s purpose and operations, and gave us ample opportunity to talk with the facility’s representatives.
  • One tour in particular, our visit to the Cleveland Habitat for Humanity ReStore, was particularly joyful for me: I discovered a kitchen appliance that I later purchased. (See my blog post Shopping Recycled: How I Replaced My Jenn-Air Range at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Saved Over $2,000.)

I encourage anyone with a commitment to waste management, waste reduction, or recycling to consider the Master Recycler program. But don’t dally: only a few spots remain for this year’s class.

What can you expect from the Master Recycler program?

  • You’ll have the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of solid waste management issues and practices, including waste reduction, composting, and recycling.
  • You’ll develop the personal resources to advocate for recycling and sustainability in the community and the workplace.
  • You’ll find opportunities for productive partnerships among your fellow participants.
  • Through service learning and volunteer opportunities, you can become a volunteer educator who can represent the District and its mission.

For application procedures and details about the program’s requirements and activities, program eligibility, and potential topics and tours, see the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District website.

Become a Master Recycler: learn how and why to Keep It Out of the Landfill.

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Next weekend, shop recycled at The Gathering Place Warehouse Sale: June 21–22

For quality home furnishings at an affordable price, check out next weekend’s Home Furnishings Clearance Sale at The Gathering Place Warehouse:
  • Saturday, June 21, 9 am–2 pm
  • Sunday, June 22, 10 am–1 pm
The Gathering Place Warehouse Sale driveway sign

Look for this sign at the driveway entrance to The Gathering Place Warehouse Sale.

Fine furniture, china, home accessories, collectibles — you’ll find gently used treasures from some of the area’s most gracious homes at The Gathering Place Warehouse, 4911 Commerce Parkway in Warrensville Heights (map).

Click here for a look at just some of the tantalizing merchandise available, at clearance prices, at this home furnishings sale. Prices for all items, including jewelry, have been reduced 50%. Terms for all purchases are cash or credit card only. (For more information, call 216-595-9546.)

Note: the sale is at the Warehouse, not at The Gathering Place.

The Gathering Place Warehouse accepts gently used furniture and other household items for resale. If you have items that you would like to donate, please contact Outreach Coordinator Cheryl Apisdorf (216-595-9546 or apisdorf@touchedbycancer.org). Please note that The Gathering Place does not accept drop off donations of furniture or household items at its Beachwood or Westlake locations or at its warehouse.

Funds raised by The Gathering Place Warehouse Home Furnishings Sale support the many free programs and services offered by The Gathering Place for individuals and families touched by cancer.

Shop recycled at The Gathering Place Warehouse Home Furnishings Clearance Sale: save money, take home beautiful things and keep fine home furnishings from going to waste.

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Document shredding in Cuyahoga County: Saturday, June 7 — and all year round

Protect yourself and do the environment a kindness by gathering up your bills, bank statements, and other sensitive documents for Cuyahoga County’s free paper-shredding event:

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  • When: Saturday, June 7, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
  • Where: Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, 4730 East 131 Street, Garfield Heights (map)

All-Ohio Secure Shred will shred your documents on site and then have them recycled.

Shredding Days in Your Community

Communities throughout Cuyahoga County hold Community Shred Days throughout the year. To find out when your community holds its shred days, see the Solid Waste District’s list of scheduled shredding events by community.

Shred your documents and protect your identity: keep your sensitive information out of the wrong hands and keep it out of the landfill.

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More protection against identity theft: Carver Financial Services offers free shredding on Saturday, May 10

Carver Financial Services, Mentor’s nationally recognized financial services organization, is once again teaming up with Northcoast Shredding Services to help you get rid of those vulnerable, sensitive, confidential documents — the cancelled checks, health information, credit card statements and other records that are so attractive to the wrong people.

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Shredded documents will be sent to a paper mill and recycled.
(Photo credit: Northcoast Recycling)

On Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can take up to three boxes of paper documents to Carver Financial Services at 7473 Center Street (map) in Mentor, where Mentor High School National Honor Society volunteers will help unload them from your vehicle. (Please, no binders, large metal clips, magazines, or newspapers.)

Northcoast Shredding Services will have a mobile shredding unit on-site. Once they have shredded your documents, the shreds will be sent to a paper mill and properly recycled.

The shredding service is free, but Carver Financial Services will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items for local food banks. For more information, see the Carver Financial Services website.

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Protect your identity: keep it safe, and Keep It Out of the Landfill.

Shop recycled at The Gathering Place Warehouse Sale: April 26–27

For quality home furnishings at an affordable price, check out this weekend’s Home Furnishings Clearance Sale at The Gathering Place Warehouse:
  • Saturday, April 26, 9 am–2 pm
  • Sunday, April 27, 10 am–1 pm
The Gathering Place Warehouse Sale driveway sign

Look for this sign at the driveway entrance to The Gathering Place Warehouse Sale.

Fine furniture, china, home accessories — you’ll find gently used treasures from some of the area’s most gracious homes at The Gathering Place Warehouse, 4911 Commerce Parkway in Warrensville Heights (map).

Click here for a look at just some of the tantalizing merchandise available at this home furnishings sale. Terms for all purchases are cash or credit card only. (For more information, call 216-595-9546.) Note: the sale is at the Warehouse, not at The Gathering Place.

The Gathering Place Warehouse accepts gently used furniture and other household items for resale. If you have items that you would like to donate, please contact Outreach Coordinator Cheryl Apisdorf (216-595-9546 or apisdorf@touchedbycancer.org). Please note that The Gathering Place does not accept drop-off donations of furniture or household items at its Beachwood or Westlake locations or at its warehouse.

Funds raised by The Gathering Place Warehouse Home Furnishings Sale support the many free programs and services offered by The Gathering Place for individuals and families touched by cancer.

Shop recycled at The Gathering Place Warehouse Home Furnishings Clearance Sale: save money, take home beautiful things and keep fine home furnishings from going to waste.

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Protect yourself from identity theft: Community Paper Shred Day, Saturday, April 19 at Mentor Library

On Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mentor Public Library invites Mentor residents and library patrons to bring documents to be shredded to the Main Library’s auxiliary parking lot at the corner of Mentor Avenue and Sharonlee Drive (map).

Mentor Public Library is hosting the Community Paper Shred event in partnership with XPress Shredding of Mentor, at no cost to the library or participants. The event will go on no matter the weather: rain or shine, or even (oh, please, no!) snow.

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(credit: Mentor Public Library)

How much paper of your paper will be accepted?

Bring as many as five paper-storage boxes of documents (paper grocery bags are acceptable), which will be:

  • Unloaded from your car (you don’t need to get out of your vehicle)
  • Placed into locked bins
  • Moved to a secured truck attended at all times by XPress Shredding staff
  • Taken to XPress Shredding’s facility to be thoroughly destroyed
  • Finally, recycled

Protect your identity: shred your documents, and Keep Them Out of the Landfill.

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Free Half-Day Workplace Recycling/Waste Contracting Workshops Begin March 13

The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District will again present its popular workshops, “Waste and Recycling $ense for Your Business,” in 2014:

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Learn how to use recycling to improve the environment and help your bottom line: it makes $ense.

  • Thursday, March 13
  • Thursday, April 3
  • Wednesday, June 25
  • Tuesday, September 23

What the workshops cover

In these half-day workshops, businesses and non-profits can learn how to start or improve a workplace recycling program and how to contract for waste hauling or recycling. The staff of the Solid Waste District walks participants through the steps to launch or expand a successful workplace waste reduction and recycling program. The workshops cover:

  • Starting a recycling program or improving an existing program
  • Recognizing different recyclable commodities
  • Commercial composting
  • Waste sorting (aka “dumpster diving”) and analysis
  • Choosing proper indoor recycling containers and selecting appropriate signage
  • Making the recycling program sustainable
  • Educating employees, students and visitors on the program
  • Choosing a waste hauling and recycling company
  • Terms and conditions of waste and recycling service contracts
  • Types of contracts, fees, and how to structure an agreement to best suit a business

Who should attend

Any business with an interest in effective management of waste and recycling can benefit from these workshops. Previous attendees — large employers, small businesses, startups — have included:

  • Public venues
  • Hotel chains
  • Manufacturing facilities
  • Universities and schools
  • National parks
  • Places of worship
  • Non-profits
  • Local government
  • Property management and real estate development firms
  • Hospitals

Curious about how the workshops might help your organization? Check out the feedback from previous participants (click here and scroll down to “What are attendees saying about the program?”).

Where and when the workshops are held

All workshops except for the April 3 event are held at the Solid Waste District offices at 4750 East 131 Street in Garfield Heights (map). Driving directions are available here.

The April 3 workshop will be held at the Bedford Heights Community Center, Room 2, 5615 Perkins Road in Bedford Heights (map).

The workshops consist of two sessions:

  • Session 1, Successful Recycling in Your Workplace: 9 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
  • Session 2, Contracting for Waste and Recycling Services: 11 a.m.–noon.

Participants may attend either or both sessions.

The workshops are free, but registration is required. Online registration (click here and scroll down to “Upcoming Seminars”) is available through the Solid Waste District’s website, as is the Solid Waste District’s flyer for the seminars.

More information is available from Business Recycling Specialist Doreen Schreiber at (216) 443-3732 or dschreiber@cuyahogacounty.us.

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Vote for Cleveland in World Wildlife Fund “We Love Cities” campaign

Cleveland has been chosen as a global finalist in the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) “We Love Cities” campaign.

Cleveland, our green city on its blue lake, is one of only three US cities ranked among the world’s leaders as an environment where humans and nature can exist in productive harmony.

Cleveland's downtown skyline at twilight

Cleveland’s downtown skyline (photo credit: Joshua Rothhaas)

The World Wildlife Fund says “We Love Cleveland” because “Cleveland’s celebration of 2013 as the year of Advanced and Renewable Energy couldn’t be more fitting for this successfully sustainable city.”

Why was Cleveland chosen?

Here’s what the WWF sees when it looks at Cleveland:

To see even more reasons, scroll down to the photographs on the WWF “We Love Cleveland” page.

About the Competition

Cleveland is one of 34 cities, from 14 countries, that the WWF selected as a global celebration of the world’s most lovable sustainable cities. WWF looked at smarter transportation, cleaner energy, efficient buildings, and less waste, and recognized that Cleveland is a leader.

We’re up against some heavy hitters, places like North Vancouver, British Columbia … Copenhagen, Denmark … Brussels and Antwerp, Belgium … Rio De Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil … Cape Town, South Africa … not to mention Chicago and Boulder, Colorado. Impressive company, indeed.

So Cleveland can use every vote we can give it. And you can give Cleveland your vote every day — every day — from now until March 24. The winning city — the world’s most loveable sustainable city — will be announced March 27.

How to Vote

Cast your vote here (scroll down to the VOTE button) to help Cleveland claim the title of the world’s most loveable sustainable city.

You can vote once per day, so set your favorite reminder, and please share this information with everyone in your network. Every vote counts!

Cleveland has a lot to be proud of, and your votes will help our town get the recognition it deserves. Vote today: tell the world just how lovable Cleveland is!

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Shop Recycled at The Gathering Place Warehouse Clearance Sale, Jan. 11–12

The holidays are over, the decorations are put away, and now you’re thinking about a fresh look for the dining room or an elegant accessory to set off your winter finery. This weekend, The Gathering Place Warehouse Clearance Sale offers you great prices on one-of-a-kind items from some of the area’s most gracious homes, all at 50% off:

  • Saturday, Jan. 11, 9 am–2 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan 12, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

The sale takes place at The Gathering Place Warehouse, 4911 Commerce Parkway in Warrensville Heights (map).

The Gathering Place Warehouse Sale driveway sign

Look for this sign at the driveway entrance to The Gathering Place Warehouse Sale. (photo: Lenore Collins)

What can you expect to find at The Gathering Place Warehouse Clearance Sale? Take a look at these offerings from the most recent sale — many of these items, and much more, are still available. Terms for all purchases are cash or credit card only. (For more information, call 216-595-9546.)

Note: the sale is at the Warehouse, not at The Gathering Place.

The Gathering Place Warehouse accepts gently used furniture and other household items for resale. If you have items that you would like to donate, please contact Outreach Coordinator Cheryl Apisdorf (216-595-9546 or apisdorf@touchedbycancer.org). Please note that The Gathering Place does not accept drop-off donations of furniture or household items at its Beachwood or Westlake locations or at its warehouse.

Funds raised by The Gathering Place Warehouse Home Furnishings Sale support the many free programs and services offered by The Gathering Place for individuals and families touched by cancer.

Shop recycled at The Gathering Place Warehouse Home Furnishings Clearance Sale: save money, bring beautiful things into your home and keep fine furnishings and personal accessories out of the landfill.

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