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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Recycling grants awarded to Cuyahoga County communities, schools, and non-profits
The Solid Waste District is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2014 Community Recycling Awareness Grant and its 2014 Recycling Container Grant. Grants totaling $195,476 were awarded to 37 communities and 27 schools and non-profit organizations in Cuyahoga County.
Grants will be used to establish recycling and composting programs in schools and workplaces, purchase recycling containers for city parks and ball fields, and educate residents about curbside recycling.
Recycling Directory for Business & Industry
Are you a business looking for recycling options in the area? Do you need to learn how to get rid of a certain material or waste from your company or organization? Check out our newly updated Recycling Directory for Business & Industry. Our Business Recycling Specialist has been working hard to track down recycling options and opportunities for local companies.
Businesses can attend free seminars to learn how to successfully recycle at work and how to contract for waste & recycling services. Seminars will be held in Garfield Heights on March 13, June 25 and September 23. (flyer)
Contests and programs for schools offered this spring
3Rs Photo Contest
The votes are in and being tallied; watch this space for an announcement about the winners! See the entries in this year's contest.
Goodwill's Project Recycle clothing collection contest from March 3-14. Students to bring in gently used clothing to school to help others in need. Goodwill provides the collection containers and the school with the highest donation per student ratio will win a prize. (flyer)
Take the "Zero Waste" Challenge
Most of the leftovers from school lunches could have been recycled, composted or never generated. Join the “Zero Waste” Challenge and reduce your school's garbage. Organize a challenge for a grade level or an entire school. Students will be taught how to pack a “Zero Waste” lunch and will compete against each other for prizes, including a plastic bench made of recycled milk jugs. The challenge is held on a day chosen by the school on or before April 30. (flyer)
Really, spring IS on its way! It will be nice to see tree leaves waving in the breeze, which means it's time for the District's annual Poetree contest. Cuyahoga County students in grades 1-12 can write a poem about trees and enter it into the contest by Friday, May 9. (flyer)
Dispose of household hazardous wastes (oil-base paint, pesticides, and more)
See the list of community collections. Got latex paint? Watch our video to learn how to dry it out for disposal in the trash.
Holiday lights recycling results
The District collected holiday lights, power cords, and power strips during the month of December. We collected and recycled 1,410 lbs. of materials, which were recycled by a Cleveland company. Thank you for your recycling efforts!
Still need to recycle strings of lights? HolidayLEDS.com offers a free Christmas light recycling program until February 28. Christmas Light Source accepts holiday lights all year-round. Polygroup accepts and recycles Christmas lights, extension cords, and artificial trees (un-lit and pre-lit).