A Westsider's guide to recycling almost anything!

Happy New Year, Westlake and Bay residents! If your New Year's resolutions include clearing out clutter, making some extra bucks or becoming a more devoted recycler, then this reference guide is worth keeping!

We are very fortunate that we live in an area with so many convenient ways to recycle.

1. Recycle Zone, 28820 Lorain Rd., North Olmsted. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Rather than ending up in a landfill, this drive-through recycling service puts items back in the production stream AND  pays you in the process. Accepted items: Car and marine batteries, aluminum, brass, copper, steel, computers and e-scrap, and junk cars. Visit www.recyclezoneusa.com or call 440-471-4652 for more information.

2. Consignment stores will take your clothing, shoes, accessories and sometimes household items and books, depending on the store. They then set a price and you get a portion of the profits, usually 40% of the selling price. Again, it varies by store. But we are spoiled for choice! Call for consignment hours and information about the type of clothes they currently are accepting. Here are some of the closest:

  • Classic Closet Consignment, 25046 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake. 440-871-1601
  • Consign Home Couture (furniture and accessories), 27115 E. Oviatt Rd., Bay Village. 440-835-1403
  • Chelsea’s Consignments (home furnishings), 26445 Center Ridge Rd, Westlake. 440-892-1850
  • Closets Consignments, 1100 Linda St., Rocky River. 440-333-5379
  • The Apple Core, 19347 Detroit Rd., Rocky River. 440-356-4747
  • The Cove, 19632 Center Ridge Rd., Rocky River. 440-333-5155
  • The Designer Consignor, 17118 Detroit Ave., Lakewood. 216-228-1309
  • Haute Stuff, 18103 Detroit Ave., Lakewood. 216-221-5545
  • Curvy Consignments (plus-size), 13902 Puritas Ave., Cleveland. 216-251-9591

3. Used clothing stores will pay cash right away for your clothes:

  • Bone Shaker, 13733 Madison Ave., Lakewood. 216-221-5490
  • Once Upon A Child, 25028 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake. 440-899-1100
  • Plato's Closet, 4636 Great Northern Blvd., North Olmsted. 440-801-9088
  • Clothes Mentor, 25383 Lorain Rd., North Olmsted. 440-617-6013

4. Used book stores offer immediate cash for books, magazines, music, movies and games.

  • Half-Price Books, Westwood Town Center, 21623 Center Ridge Rd., Rocky River. 440-331-1661
  • Half-Price Books, Columbia Plaza, 4687 Great Northern Blvd., North Olmsted. 440-777-6807
  • If you are more patient, you can sell your books at www.amazon.com. You go to their website and create a seller account, set your price, and they send you notification when your books have sold.

Paper: Many Bay and Westlake parking lots have  brightly-colored yellow and green bins. Ever wonder what those are for? PaperRetriever (www.paperretriever.com) takes your used papers and turns them into new paper AND provides money for whatever organization has a bin in their parking lot, usually a school, non-profit or place of worship. Accepted materials: Newspapers and inserts, magazines/catalogues, school and office paper, mail, phone- and paperback-books. No paperboard (food cartons) or hardback books. Some take cardboard, call 216-961-3900 for information. Convenient area bins are located in: (Westlake) Lee Burneson Middle School, Dover Elementary, City Hall and WHS parking lots; and (Bay Village) Reese Park, Huntington Beach overflow parking lot (south of Lake Rd.), Wolf Road Picnic Area, City Hall, Service Garage, BHS and BMS parking lots.

HOME IMPROVEMENT: Habitat for Humanity recycles and resells salvaged and reclaimed building materials, fixtures, and tools in good condition so the community can improve affordable home improvement items. Their ReStore is located at 2110 W. 110th St., Cleveland. Drop-off times: Tue.-Fri., 9a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Sat., 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Visit www.clevelandhabitat.org or call 216-429-1299 for details.

CLOTHING AND MISCELLANEOUS: You can always ask area schools, community services departments, nursing homes or places of worship if they are looking for any type of donations, but here are our good old stand-bys:   

  • Salvation Army, 12645 Lorain Ave., Cleveland. 216-252-3593
  • Goodwill store and donation center, 23100 Lorain Rd., Suite 1, North Olmsted, 440-777-4422, and 825 Center Rd.,
Avon, 440-937-3305. Goodwill provided employment and training to 1.9 million people in 2009. Visit www.goodwillclevecanton.org for more information.
  • Special Olympics (helps people with intellectual disabilities; programs in 170 countries). Nearest drop-off bin is at the Circle K on Dover Center Rd. in Westlake.
  • Purple Heart will pick up your small appliances, bedding, drapes, books, toys, clothing, electronics and household goods. Visit veteranpickup.org or call 216-731-1924 for pickup information. This organization funds services, welfare, rehabilitation and education for veterans.

IF YOU EITHER WANT TO GIVE SOMETHING OR ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING: Check out www.freecycle.org. This website allows you to post either offering/wanted posts of items you are willing to give someone for free.

Many local non-profit and service organizations are always looking for donations of various goods, services and volunteer hours, including Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, The Gathering Place and the Achievement Center for Children in Westlake.

(I'd like to know if this guide has been useful, so please shoot me an email at ashtabrenda@yahoo.com to let me know if you've done any of these things. Thanks!)

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