Donate & Reuse

  • Donate Usable Furniture - The Cleveland Furniture Bank accepts donations of gently used furniture. They will pick up items at no cost to the donor. Two thirds of all the furniture collected is given to those in need. The other third is sold to help underwrite the cost of running the Cleveland Furniture Bank. Call 216.459.2265 or visit http://www.clevelandfurniturebank.org for more details.
  •  Remodel? Donate Your Old Usable Windows, Doors, Cabinets, Vanities, Lighting Fixtures, Sinks, Appliances, Counter Tops, Toilets, Showers, Tubs, Tools, Lumber, Flooring and more – These items can be dropped off at Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity ReStore located at 2110 W. 110th St., Cleveland, OH 44102 (between Western and Berea Rds).  Call 216-429-3631 ext. 238 for hours and details. Most donations are tax deductible. Insist that your contractor salvage usable items from your remodel and donate them to reduce disposal charges on your project.  Pickup of donated items is available upon request. Visit http://www.clevelandhabitat.org/Restore/ for more detail.
  • Donate Packaging Peanuts – to the UPS Store located at 30628 Detroit Rd in Westlake on the corner of Bradley and Detroit Roads. The store is located in Savanah Commons. Additionally, you may donate your packaging peanuts to the UPS store located at 25935 Detroit Rd., just west of Columbia Rd. in a small shopping plaza on the south side of the street. Other shipping stores may also accept packaging peanuts.
  • Donate Books and Magazines - to the Bay Village Library located just South of Wolf Rd. on Cahoon Rd.  Rules for
    donating to the library are here: http://www.cuyahoga.lib.oh.us/StdBackPage.aspx?id=18164.  Books may also be donated in the white bin outside of Giant Eagle on the corner Walker Rd. and Lear Rd. in Avon Lake.  The bin is on the Southwest corner of the building. 
  • Buy Recycled - When making purchases, consider products made with recycled materials.
  • Reuse Trees - If you are cutting down a tree in your yard, it may be able to be locally milled into usable wood.  Metro Hardwoods is an urban sawmill specializing in turning city trees into lumber.  It is located in West Cleveland near the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood.  Check out their website for more information on turning your cut tree into lumber: http://www.metro-hardwoods.com/.  Contact Metro Hardwood for a list of tree contractors willing to haul the cut tree to their mill. 
  • Medical Equipment Loan -   With Medicare not always paying for health equipment that you may need, residents of Bay Village are able to borrow donated medical equipment while recuperating from surgery or an injury at no charge. Available equipment includes wheelchairs, walkers, canes, shower benches, etc..  Call 899-3442 for more information or to request or donate equipment. DONATIONS NEEDED.  Our medical equipment loan program is very popular.  So popular that we are now requesting donations of newer, light-weight wheelchairs or transport chairs so we can keep up with the demand.  

  • Plastic Landscape Pots - When purchasing trees and shrubs for your property, check with the nursery to see if they accept their planting containers back for reuse.  We know that Petitti's Garden Centers in Avon accepts their containers for reuse and they will also recycle containers from other nurseries if you drop them off in their reuse and recycling bin.  That bin is located on the West end of the building by the mulch and dirt loading area.  Please note that containers not originating from their nursery will not be reused, but instead recycled by a third party into a lower quality product.  It is preferable to return the containers to the nursery where you purchased the plants so that they can be reused.
What can I do with my Old Trash Cans?

1.   Donate those in good shape to Habitat for Humanity (must be clean)

  • A Habitat for Humanity Drop Off is scheduled for 9AM to 5 PM at the Bay Village Police Department Parking Lot on Saturday, September 17, 2011.
  • Cans may also be dropped off anytime during store hours at Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity's ReStore located at 2110 W. 110th St., Cleveland, OH 44102 (between Western and Berea Rds). Exit at W. 117 if driving from Bay Village on I90 East. Seehttp://www.clevelandhabitat.org/Restore/ or call 216-429-3631 ext. 238 for hours and details. Most donations are tax deductible.   The cans are sold by Habitat to help fund their mission of eliminating poverty housing in Cleveland.

 2.   Donate those that are blue and in good shape to the Bay Schools

    • Contact Nancy Richey at 440-617-7300 or nancy.richey@bayschoolsohio.org if you wish to donate

3.   Keep 1-2 bins for excess trash that will be picked up monthly. If you label the can "YARD WASTE" it can be used to place compostable yard waste on the tree lawn for curbside pick up. This way you do not need to buy the brown compostable bags for the yard waste.  "Yard Waste Only" stickers, seen in the photo below, can be purchased from the Bay Village Green Team for $1.50.  Contact us at bayvillagegreenteam@gmail.com to arrange a purchase or pick one up for $1.50 at city hall during business hours (Monday - Friday).

4.   Re-purpose them into compost containersThis is a great way to use a can that has holes, as holes are needed to aerate the compost. 

5.   Re-purpose as a backyard digester for food scraps and pet waste.  Watch this video for more information on creating one yourself.  http://vimeo.com/15752957. 

6.   If all else fails, recycle them with a local metal or plastic recycler. Chances are the metal or plastic can be recycled (generally not curbside).     The cans must be clean when delivered for recycling.