Soon, soon, the heady scent of spring will ride on balmy breezes into Ohio. Soon, I'll be able to remove the plastic from my windows, and the weather will goad me into clearing a winter's worth of crap from my car. Spring cleaning, baby!
So it's the perfect time to share resources of where you can recycle items you want to get rid of but are loath to add to a garbage dump. Ancient computer monitors, Saved by the Bell-era cell phones, used batteries, old paint cans...they don't have to meet the fate of mingling with banana peels and baby diapers. (Which, you know, don't have to be in a garbage dump, either, but another eco-blog.)
A great resource for finding recycling facilities is earth911. Type in your zipcode to find facilities near you.
Take to the Summit
For instance, NE Ohio residents can go to the Household Hazardous Waste Center, run by the Summit Akron Solid Waste Management Authority. It's open April–Sept. on Tuesdays from 1–4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 6:30-9:30 p.m. It's located at 1201 Graham Road in Cuyahoga Falls. Among the items you can drop off there: used car oil, car batteries, used tires, televisions, computers, batteries, fluorescent bulbs and chemicals. SASWMA claims it recycles 80% of the materials dropped off.
Along the Cuyahoga
April is computer recycling month for Cuyahoga County. See this the Solid Waste District page to find out which cities are collecting when. (Some collect year-round.)The SWD also provides free tire recycling, usually in September but year-round in some cities. Click here for information. Check out the SWD site for more recycling options in Cuyahoga County.
Whatcha gonna do with all that junk in yer...mailbox
Cuyahoga SWD has a good page on how to reduce junk mail, like registering with the Direct Marketing Association.
Today, I took two used plastic bags into Acme to use for my groceries. When I got to the end of the register, I realized the bagger used new bags and tossed my used ones aside. Gah! I should've brought my cloth bags and taken my used plastic bags to Giant Eagle to recycle.
IKEA has started charging for plastic bags in their stores, God bless 'em. The proceeds of which go to American Forests, the nation's oldest non-profit conservation organization, to plant trees and offset CO2 emissions.
Big Box virtues
Speaking of IKEA, when I was there recently, I noticed recycling bins in the exitway. Not just for aluminum cans. No, you can take pencil stubs, fluorescent bulbs, batteries and possibly other things I can't recall.A recent trip to OfficeMax revealed that they have bins to recycle used cell phones and ink jet cartridges.
Let's get technical
Used CDs are the bane of recyclers, but it looks like the city of Cleveland Heights recycles them, along with other "techno trash." Treehugger also has an article on recycling CDs, but it seems counterintuitive to waste fossil fuel sending items to be recycled.
Hopefully all this information helps you; please add anything else in the comments. Of course, there's always Goodwill or the Salvation Army for donating items that people can still use.