Free Binders for School, Home, Business: Just Come Pick Them Up

Teachers, students, community groups, churches, day care operators, anyone: the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District has lots of binders left over from Zero Landfill Cleveland’s operations this past summer.

Free binders at the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District

Free binders at the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District (photo credit: Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District)

  • What: binders of various sizes, colors, capacities, perfect for organizing and displaying information and materials.
  • Where they came from: surplus materials donated to Zero Landfill Cleveland by the local graphic design, interior design and architectural community.
  • Who: free to anyone who will pick them up.
  • Where: Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District’s Garfield Heights facility, 4750 E 131st Street in Garfield Heights (map).
  • More information: call (216) 443-3749.

Zero Landfill Cleveland kept these binders out of the landfill. Now they’re looking for some good homes.

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“Recycling” energy: Players on soccer field generate energy to power floodlights

If you’ve ever watched a bunch of kids on a playground and thought, too bad we can’t bottle that energy and use it later, you can relate to this story.

What if we could capture and reuse all that energy?

What if we could capture and reuse all that energy?(Photo credit: Eoin Gardiner)

In a shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Shell and Brazilian soccer legend Pele have dedicated a community soccer field that captures and stores the players’ own energy, combines it with power from nearby solar panels, and converts it to energy that powers floodlights, giving the soccer field and the community a safe and secure nighttime space.

Read the story, watch the video here.

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This weekend, shop recycled at The Gathering Place Warehouse Home Furnishings Sale: September 13 and 14

Everything is half-price this weekend at The Gathering Place Warehouse Home Furnishings Sale. Click here for a look at just some of the items available at this sale.
  • Saturday, September 13, 9 am–2 pm
  • Sunday, September 14, 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.

The sale takes place at The Gathering Place Warehouse, 4911 Commerce Parkway, Warrensville Heights, Ohio (map). (Note that this is a different location from The Gathering Place.) Terms for all purchases are cash or credit cards only.

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 at The Gathering Place for individuals and families touched by cancer.

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

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Free art and craft materials: ZeroLandfill adds one more summer harvest day, Friday, August 29

ZeroLandfill Cleveland extends its summer 2014 harvest through Friday, August 29. So if you missed the last two weekends (or even if you didn’t), this is your chance to pick up art and craft materials, free for the taking. Samples of tile, fabric, carpet, interior design materials, and other items remain, along with a large selection of three-ring binders.

ZeroLandfill warehouse

ZeroLandfill pollinators stocking the warehouse for August harvest events (photo credit: ZeroLandfill Cleveland)

  • When: hours are 12 p.m.–3 p.m.
  • Where: Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, 4750 East 131 Street, Garfield Heights (map and directions), side door.
  • What: art and craft materials donated by the local graphic design, interior design and architectural community.
  • Who: artists, educators, homeschoolers, community program administrators, craftworkers, artists, daycare providers, anyone who can use the materials offered. You don’t need to be a resident of Cuyahoga County, or even of Northeast Ohio.
  • How: Come to the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Facility on Friday, August 29, check in at the reception table, explore what’s available and take what you need. Be sure to bring boxes and bags to take your materials home.

ZeroLandfill asks you to note that:

  • Pollination and harvest hours are only during the hours posted.
  • All questions should be directed to IIDA Cleveland/Akron City Center at clevak@gmail.com. Please do not contact the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Facility with any questions.
  • All volunteer positions are currently filled. ZeroLandfill thanks you for your willingness to help but cannot accept any walk-ins.

ZeroLandfill is a project of BeeDance, LLC, an online marketplace that connects abandoned assets destined for the waste stream with local audiences who will use these assets in their programs and processes.

ZeroLandfill collects specification samples from architectural, interior and graphic design firms and distributes them to local artists and arts educators. Since 2006, the ZeroLandfill project team has reduced pressure on local landfills by distributing over one million pounds of these materials.

For more information about ZeroLandfill, visit the ZeroLandfill website and Facebook page.

ZeroLandfill: Keeping art and craft materials out of the landfill

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August recycling event: ZeroLandfill summer harvest, August 15 and 22

ZeroLandfill Cleveland’s 2014 summer harvests will take place on Friday, August 15 and Friday, August 22.

A warehouse filled with art and craft materials, free for the taking, just before school starts: what terrific timing!

ZeroLandfill warehouse

ZeroLandfill pollinators stocking the warehouse for August harvest events (photo credit: ZeroLandfill Cleveland)

  • When: hours are 12 p.m.–3 p.m.
  • Where: Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, 4750 East 131 Street, Garfield Heights (map and directions), side door.
  • What: art and craft materials donated by the local graphic design, interior design and architectural community.
  • Who: artists, educators, homeschoolers, community program administrators, craftworkers, artists, daycare providers, anyone who can use the materials offered. You don’t need to be a resident of Cuyahoga County, or even of Northeast Ohio.
  • How: Come to the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Facility on either date, check in at the reception table, explore what’s available and take what you need. Be sure to bring boxes and bags to take your materials home.

ZeroLandfill asks you to note that:

  • Pollination and harvest hours are only during the hours and dates posted.
  • All questions should be directed to IIDA Cleveland/Akron City Center at clevak@gmail.com. Please do not contact the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Facility with any questions.
  • All volunteer positions are currently filled. ZeroLandfill thanks you for your willingness to help but cannot accept any walk-ins.

ZeroLandfill is a project of BeeDance, LLC, an online marketplace that connects abandoned assets destined for the waste stream with local audiences who will use these assets in their programs and processes.

ZeroLandfill collects specification samples from architectural, interior and graphic design firms and distributes them to local artists and arts educators. Since 2006, the ZeroLandfill project team has reduced pressure on local landfills by distributing over one million pounds of these materials.

For more information about ZeroLandfill, visit the ZeroLandfill website and Facebook page.

ZeroLandfill: Keeping art and craft materials out of the landfill

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Free Half-Day Workplace Recycling/Waste Contracting Workshop: Last Chance for 2014

The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District will present its popular workshop “Waste and Recycling $ense for Your Business,” for the final time in 2014, on Tuesday, September 23.

Recycle Logo

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

What the workshop covers

In this half-day workshop, 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 workshop covers:

  • 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 this workshop. 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 workshop 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 workshop is held

The workshop is held at the Solid Waste District offices at 4750 East 131 Street in Garfield Heights (map). Driving directions are available here.

The workshop consists 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 workshop is 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 seminar.

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

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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.

Suit Yourself logo

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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