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 Newbury and, at least initially, will maintain the same hours as the Newbury 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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Frustrated about recycling? Let’s talk!

“Can I recycle gift wrap?”
“Why do I have to bag my shredded paper?”
“I don’t have curbside pickup — how can I recycle?”

If you’re like most of us, recycling leaves you with more questions than answers. Let’s start sorting out the problems and finding some solutions.


Please join me on Earth Day
Tuesday, April 22
at 7 p.m.
at The News-Herald
7085 Mentor Avenue in Willoughby
as we talk about
“Clean, green spring: Reducing, recycling and repurposing.”

Bring your questions and your opinions. Tell us what you have problems with. Share your favorite solutions. (Don’t get lost: follow the map to the News-Herald.)

You’ll go home with lots of useful information, ways to get answers to future questions, and some new insights into the 4Rs of waste management: reduce, reuse, repurpose, recycle.

Reserve your seat now: call 440-207-0727.

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Painesville Township’s Nye Road Recyclables Drop-Off Site Closed

Sad but true: On Monday, December 31 at 11:00 a.m., Painesville Township closed the Nye Road recyclables drop-off site.

I drove over there this afternoon. This is what I found:

Painesville Township has closed its Nye Road recyclables drop-off site.

Painesville Township has closed its Nye Road recyclables drop-off site. (Photo credit: Lenore Collins)

The Fire Department’s collection bin for aluminum cans appears to still be available:

The Painesville Township Nye Road Fire Station's collection bin for aluminum cans remains in place.

The Painesville Township Nye Road Fire Station’s collection bin for aluminum cans remains in place. (photo credit: Lenore Collins

Cuyahoga County student photo contest: show the world how you reduce, reuse, recycle

Area students ages 6–18 are invited to enter the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District’s 3R’s Photo Contest.

Between now and the end of January, keep an eye out for a spontaneous recycling shot or plan a photo shoot related to the 3 R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle. Grab a digital camera or cell phone, capture that great shot, add a clever caption and submit your entry to the Solid Waste District by Thursday, January 31, 2013.

"The 4 R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Ruff" was one of the 2012 contest entries.

“The 4 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Ruff” was one of the 2012 contest entries. (photo credit: Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District)

For a look at some of last year’s entries, check out the Solid Waste District’s Flickr page.

The rules, in brief, are these:

  • Photos must be digital, 3 megapixels or larger.
  • Images must be high/print quality: minimum 2048 x 1536 resolution with 4-inch by 6-inch print (6 megapixel picture with resolution of 3072 x 2048 preferred).
  • Each entry must include the photographer’s name, address, school and age, and must include the photo caption.
  • Entries are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, January 31, 2013.
  • All students ages 6–18 who are residents of Cuyahoga County or who attend school in Cuyahoga County are eligible to participate.

Complete contest rules and instructions for submitting photographs are available from the contest page on the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District web site.

Photos will be judged in four categories, by age:

  • 6–8 years old
  • 9–11 years old
  • 12–14 years old
  • 15–18 years old

Entries will be reviewed, and at least ten entries per age category will be posted to the Solid Waste District’s website or Flickr page to be available for voting. Prizes will include a poster of winning entries and other Earth Day or recycling themed items, and all participants will receive a certificate thanking them for participating.

Show us how you Keep It Out of the Landfill: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.