The Ohio General Assembly established the Solid Waste Management Districts of Ohio in 1989, and required each county to belong to one. Our District was set up to include the whole of Lorain County, plus all of the city of Vermilion. The responsibilities and duties of each District fall into two broad categories:
To prepare and maintain a comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan, and measure progress toward its goals by collecting detailed statistics on recycling and solid waste disposal. To promote recycling, reuse, and reduction of solid waste through educational and informational programs, support of recycling businesses and organizations, and the direct operation or support of actual collection events and programs. Thanks for visiting, and be sure to check back frequently for new information and features!
Local Organization Receives Civic/Non-profit Award
The Board of Commissioners and the Solid Waste Management District (District) are pleased to announce that the LoCo Yaks has been awarded a Civic/Non-profit award from Keep Ohio Beautiful for their continuous efforts along the Black River in Lorain County. LoCo Yaks stands for Lorain County Kayak & Paddle Sports Group. The group prides itself on its participation in various community events and organizes local river and beach cleanups throughout the year and hosts an annual event each spring.
According to District Director, Keith Bailey, "The District is a local affiliate of Keep Ohio Beautiful and has a Keep Lorain County Advisory Board. The nomination was submitted on the groups behalf based on their most recent Black River cleanup in May." Members of the LoCo Yaks along with Districts Community Outreach Coordinator Brandi Schnell attended the award ceremony on July 10, 2015. This year the group had 420 volunteers that removed 13.75 tons of garbage and 11.17 tons of tires from along the Black River.
County Commissioner Matt Lundy said "Organizations like this show how pride in your community and a passion for the environment can make a tremendous impact on where you live. It's wonderful to see that their hard work is recognized on a state level."
2015 Calendar Contest Winners Announced
Every year the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District holds a Calendar Contest, which is open to all students in grades 1st -12th in all Lorain County Schools. As always, the talent this year was outstanding! County Commissioner Lori Kokoski and Brandi Schnell, Community Outreach Coordinator for the District judged the entries. Thirteen winners were selected to make up the 2016 calendar. Participation in the contest was excellent this year. The District received 1,381 student entries from 40 different schools within Lorain County.
Each winner received a $25 gift card which was donated by GT Environmental, a certificate of appreciation and a copy of their artwork. When the calendars are printed, each student will receive calendars to pass out to their family. All of the winners were invited to attend the Lorain County Board of Commissioner's meeting on June 10, 2015 to receive recognition and their certificate of appreciation. Seven of the winners were able to attend. We would like to thank all of the students who participated by sending in an entry and the teachers and parents who facilitated that! We would also like to thank our gift card sponsor, GT Environmental as well as the Lorain County Board of Commissioners for all of their support of this District contest.
Here are the 2015 Calendar Contest winners:
Audrey FalishChayce Baldwin
John Belak Larren Round
Max Delotel Olivia Quick
Sara Calhoun Sarah Slack
Zach Baldwin Tyrell Howard
Rebecca Striffler Lilly Parker
2015 Pride Day/Week Communities Participating
Garden Initiative with Garden Soxx being distributed from Lorain County
Collection Center Grafton Township
Findley State Park
New Russia Township
South Amherst Village
To sign-up for Lorain County Pride Day events in your community, call Brandi Schnell with Lorain County Solid Waste at 328-2249
C.R. Meyers Scholarship
The Ohio Association of Litter Prevention and Recycling Professionals (OALPRP) is offering a $1,000 scholarship (C.R. Meyers Memorial Scholarship) to a deserving student from Ohio. To qualify for the scholarship, a student must:
Plan to enroll or currently be enrolled at an accredited Ohio college, university or technical school. Have declared or plan to declare a major relating to environmental sciences or environmental education. Scholarship forms may be downloaded at www.oalprp.org (click on the link for "Scholarships") or obtained by contacting the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District at 800-449-5463.
Deadline for submission of the application is April 15, 2015. Click here for a flyer with some more information. Shred Unwanted Documents - Sat., Apr. 18, 2015
At the Sat., Apr. 18, 2015 "Shred-It" Day & Food Drive from 9 am - 12 pm, Lorain County residents will be able to bring their documents to the parking lot of the Lorain County Collection Center in Elyria and have them shredded for free on-site. The event is sponsored by the Board of Commissioners and Business Records Management out of Wickliffe, Ohio.
Residents will need to bring identification showing proof of residency in Lorain County and are limited to 5 boxes / 5 blue grocery bags. They will also need drive into the facility and must take their empty boxes with them; residents should not exit their vehicles.
For more information, please see the official Shred Day & Food Drive Event Flyer or call Keith Bailey, Lorain County Solid Waste District Director at (800) 449-5463, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall 2014 Farm Tire Collection - Figures Are In!
The Board of Commissioners and the Solid Waste Management District (LCSWMD) are pleased to announce the agricultural/farm tire collection event that was held during last fall on September 25, 2014 was the largest event like it to date!
LCSWMD Director Keith Bailey, said “The District once again was able to partner again with Grafton Correctional Institution to utilize prisoners from the community service program. Their assistance in loading the trailers is key to keeping the event moving quickly.”
The event took place in the parking lot of the Lorain County Collection Center (located at 540 S. Abbe Rd. in Elyria, OH 44035) and was free to all Lorain County residents that owned and/or operated farm equipment. The District staff scheduled the times for participants and pre-registered just under 1,400 agricultural tires for the one day event! During the 5-hour event, District received and loaded 60.08 tons of agricultural tires! This special collection event was made possible by grant funds awarded from Ohio EPA.
For more information regarding the District, please call Keith Bailey, the Director of the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District at (440) 329-5442.
Take the America Recycles Day (ARD) Pledge
America Recycles DayRecycling is the single most effective thing that every one of us can do to help the environment. It doesn’t take a lot of effort on our part, but the rewards are substantial. Recycling not only saves room in our landfills, it also saves vital natural resources, conserves energy and increases recycling-related jobs.
This year, make the commitment to recycle more and sign the 2014 America Recycles Day Pledge Form, or submit your information using the form below.
Completed forms should be sent to Solid Waste's Community Outreach Coordinator Brandi Schnell at email@example.com or stop by the Metro Parks Carlisle Visitors Center (CVC) to complete the pledge form and enter your name for a chance to win a free rain barrel donated by the City of Avon Lake, Ohio's Engineering Department.
The CVC will also feature the enlarged winning drawings from our 2014 calendar contest, pertinent recycling information, and children’s activity sheets. Pledge forms and display will be available at the visitor’s center from Nov. 3 -21, 1014. Please visit the ARD's website for a complete list of activities available.
Thanks again to all of you who participated in this worthwhile event. Help us to make recycling work by making every day America Recycles Day (ARD).
Upcoming Events for America Recycles Day 2014
Sponsored by the Carlisle Visitors Center (CVC)...
CALENDAR ARTWORK DISPLAY - On display from November 3 - 21, 2014 in main hallway at the CVC (located at 12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, OH 44050) RAIN BARREL CONTEST - Lorain County residents over age 13 are eligible to enter
PLEDGE CARDS & ARD GIVEAWAYS - Pencils, notepads & calendars will be available for attendees; Literature will be available; Pledge cards collected in box to be counted by the Lorain County Solid Waste District. Sponsored by the Lorain County Metro Parks (LCMP)...
RECYCLING DRIVE - Saturday November 15, 2014 (LVP - Lake View Park) from1:00pm - 3:00pm. Bring your glass, plastic, or paper to recycle for America Recycles Day and learn about recycling
WINE BOTTLE ART - Saturday November 22, 2014 (MNP - Miller Nature Preserve) from 1:00 – 2:00 pm. Make a holiday wine bottle creation with lights; Bring an empty wine bottle. Pre-Register by 11/17/2014. Cost is: $15 members /$18 Non-Members.
"3Rs" Photo/Caption Contest Winners Announced
Commissioner Lori Kokoski and LCSWMD's Community Outreach Coordinator Brandi Schnell judged the entries. There were so many great photographs that it was difficult to narrow it down. In the end there were 4 winners chosen. Congratulations to our winners! Because of the lack of entries in the K-2nd grade category – two winners were chosen in the 6th – 8th grade category.
Each winner will receive a $25.00 gift card, certificate and poster of their winning picture. We would like to congratulate our winners and say thank you to all the students who submitted an entry and to the teachers who made this into a class project or circulated this contest information to your students! Here are the pictures with their winning captions...
Liana Shaheen 3rd Grade
From: Liberty Elementary (North Ridgeville)
Ms. Persing’s Class
Caption: "I found some old crunch paper, tissue boxes, papertowel tubes, and empty shoeboxes to build my robot. To make it look good, I covered it with aluminum foil and put some old buttons and added a broken hairbow."
Ethan Cooper 8th Grade
From: Amherst Junior High School
Mrs. Sears Class
Caption: “A little recycling can go a long way.”
Jaden Szantay 7th Grade
From: Amherst Junior High School
Mrs. Sears Class
Caption: “Recycle - It’s that simple."
Joey Rini 12th Grade
From: Vermilion High School
Ms. Schneid Class
Caption: “Recycling Irony.”
Senior Living Fair & Community Appreciation Day
The Lorain County Solid Waste District's staff members attended the Lorain County Senior Living Fair and Lorain County JVS' Community Appreciation Day on October 4, 2014. Thousands of people came out to the Lorain County JVS for the festivities.
There were many activities throughout the day including a flu shot clinic, book fair, free lunch for senior citizens, and lots of area vendors and organizations on display. Lorain County Solid Waste had a drawing for a rain barrel and received almost 100 entries.
Senior Living Fair & LCJVS Community Appreciation Day
The winner was Sharron Powell of the City of Lorain. She was very excited to learn her name had been picked and is excited to pick up her new rain barrel!
In addition to the rain barrel drawing – the District collected pledge cards for America Recycles Day which is coming up in November. Most people commented that they had been recycling for many years and hardly have any garbage to put out anymore. That’s great news!
NEW! Photo/Caption Contest for All Local Students
This is the 1st year for students to enter our photo/caption contest. We encourage students in grades 1st - 12th in all Lorain County schools to take a digital photograph using your camera or smart phone, of anything related to the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
Photos may be staged or spontaneous. For example, you could take a photo of household recyclables, an item you’ve made from recyclables, or an example of something that is being reused. Add a caption that captures the character of the photo and will encourage others to follow the 3 R’s.
There will be 4 contest winners. Participants will be judged in 4 categories; K - 2nd; 3rd - 5th; 6th - 8th; 9th - 12th. Winners will receive a poster of their winning photo, certificate of recognition and $25 gift card. Include your name, teacher’s name, school name and grade level with your entry. Submit your entry via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by traditional mail to: Lorain County Solid Waste Management District, Attn: Brandi Schnell (226 Middle Ave., 5th Fl., Elyria, OH 44035).
National Prescription Drug Take-Back on Sept. 27
The next DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, September 27 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a twice-per-year event that provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Find a participating local law enforcement agency near you.
"FreeCycle" Your Unwanted Kitchen Applicances
On Friday, July 11, 2014 from 9 am - 1 pm, start "FreeCycling" - giveaway your usable, unwanted kitchen items to others instead of disposing of them in landfills.
The Lorain County Solid Waste District invites you to come drop-off your donations of new/gently-used kitchen items, and small working appliances at the Oberlin Depot (located at 240 S. Main St., Oberlin, OH 44074). For details about the Oberlin Freecycling Kitchen Event, see the FreeCycle Event Flyer.
Pride Day Now Expanded to Become Pride Week
This year, the Lorain County Solid Waste District is expanding its local efforts to promote “Pride Week”. Starting on Mon. May, 12, 2014, residents can attend various educational and informative events throughout Lorain County for FREE - leading up to the communities’ cleanup and beautification projects held on Pride Day scheduled for Sat., May 17, 2014. For details, see the Pride Week 2014 Activities Calendar.
Pride Day: A Cleaning, Greening Community Event
What does a clean, green, colorful community mean to you? A quiet park where you can sit and read a good book, watch the waves breaking over the rocks or the sunset on a warm summer evening? People instinctively feel safer in clean, well-kept, surroundings.
Saturday, May 17th is Pride Day in Lorain County. A chance to clean up neighborhoods and parks to ensure everyone can feel safe and secure in their environment. Plan on joining your friends and neighbors to weed, mulch, plant, sweep, rake, paint or any other chore you prefer to do.
In 2014 the Keep Lorain County Beautiful Advisory Board is planning to extend the event into a “Pride Week”. From May 12-16, 2014, there will be special events and demonstrations. Check back often for updates or look for ads in local newspapers.
For more information or to volunteer for Pride Day, please contact Sally Pecora at (440) 329-5467 or at email@example.com. Help to keep our county clean, green, beautiful and safe.
Year-Round Drop-Off for Unused Medications
Now you don’t have to wait for 6 months to dispose of unused medications. These materials can be dropped off year-round at the following locations...
Amherst Police Department 911 North Lake Street, Amherst
Avon Police Department 36145 Detroit Road, Avon
Avon Lake Police Department 32855 Walker Road, Avon Lake
Grafton Police Department Departmentp1009 Chestnut Street, Grafton
LaGrange Police Department 355 South Center Street, Lagrange
Lorain County Sheriff's Office 9896 Murray Ridge Road, Elyria
North Ridgeville Police Department 7307 Avon-Belden Road, North Ridgeville
Oberlin Police Department 85 South Main Street, Oberlin
Sheffield Lake Police Department 609 Harris Street, Sheffield Lake
Sheffield Village Police Department 4340 Colorado Avenue, Sheffield Village
Vermilion Police Department 5791 Liberty Avenue, Vermilion
Wellington Police Department 117 Willard Memorial Square, Wellington
Keep Lorain County Beautiful Has A New Board
Keep America Beautiful (KAB) was created in 1953 to promote a national cleanliness ethic. Through it’s 1,200 affiliates and millions of volunteers, the nation’s leading non-profit brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities.
Lorain County Solid Waste has been a KAB Affiliate since May 25, 1995. Keep Lorain County Beautiful (KLCB) was instrumental in beginning Pride Day, a one-day event designed to clean up and spruce up the county as part of KAB’s Great American Cleanup Program.
In March 2013 a new, larger board was seated in hopes of bringing more ideas and direction to the programs KAB offers. Under their direction America Recycles Day was expanded to included events at the LC Metro Parks, LCCC and LC schools. Plans are also underway for a bigger and better Pride Day event for 2014. Watch for more updates and programs from KLCB in the future. For more information on KAB visit their new web site at www.kab.org.
New Online Database for Drop-Off Opportunities
Do you ever find yourself searching for locations to drop off certain materials? The District now has a new tool to make your searches easier. Vendor information for several Lorain County businesses is now available on the Ecoville web site.
To start your search, visit myecoville.com/ecopoint. You can search by material, location or organization. Maybe you have a bag of aluminum cans you’d like to recycle. Put aluminum cans in the material box.
If you type in your zip code, a list of vendors will appear at the bottom of the page. Click on a vendor for their address, hours of operation and the materials that they accept. If you are unfamiliar with the business, click on the pin on the map, type your address in the box and a map will appear with detailed directions.
Successful C.A.B. Trailer Program Expanded
The Lorain County Solid Waste Management District (District) recently announced the expansion of its “CAB” (Clean and Beautiful) Program. The CAB is an enclosed trailer stocked with equipment necessary for clubs and organizations to perform litter clean up and/or beautification projects here in Lorain County. Clubs, communities and organizations can request to borrow the trailer for FREE!
The District was able to clean up and utilize three additional trailers in various sizes to incorporate and expand this program. The three trailers have not been used in years. The logical solution was for the District to rehab the existing trailers and expand the current program that has had such positive feedback from communities and residents alike.
District Director, Keith Bailey, said “With Pride Day fast approaching, the District will now be able to offer volunteers more opportunities in cleaning up and beautifying our county. Volunteers have always been plentiful and eager to work during Pride Day activities. Having 4 stocked CAB trailers for their use will certainly make their efforts easier. It’s a win-win for everyone”.
The CAB trailers will be available for use from spring through late fall. Anyone interested in borrowing a CAB trailer should contact Tiffany Barker at 440-328-2368 or Sally Pecora at 440-329-5467. For more information regarding the program, please see the CAB Trailer Program Flyer.
Highlights from the 2014 Invention Convention
Student Papermaking ActivityFor the last few years, the Educational Services Center of Lorain County (ESC of Lorain County) has put together an event for 4th grade students in Lorain County. On Thursday, February 20, 2014, this year’s event called the “Invention Convention” brought together nearly 70 students at the Center to share their inventions.
The Invention Convention invites students to use creativity and critical thinking to create an invention to solve an everyday problem or to make daily tasks simpler. Students presented their invention, display board, and scientific journal to judges who then scored students based on their scientific reasoning skills, originality, data collection, and construction.
In addition to having their inventions displayed and judged, the students were also given the opportunity to participate in a papermaking activity presented by Recycling Educator Mrs. Brandi Schnell of the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District. The students enjoyed their time making paper and seeing each other’s inventions. Below are some pictures from the Invention Convention 2014!
Take the Ohio Bar & Restaurant Recycling Survey
The Ohio Bar & Restaurant Recycling Survey is designed to gather information from bars and restaurants about your current recycling practices. This information is very valuable because it will help Miami University and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency develop a glass marketing toolkit.
This toolkit will target commercial establishments and help them develop, implement, and monitor a recycling program that is specific for their business needs. By volunteering to complete this survey, you can help this state-wide problem and improve your community's local economy and environmental stewardship.
Please note that the survey is anonymous, volunteer-based, online-accessed and open until May 1, 2014.
School Pizza Party Held for ARD Pledge Drawing
America Recycles Day (ARD) is a Keep America Beautiful event held each year on November 15th. For ARD, people are encouraged to sign a pledge card which states they will do their part to recycle more in the upcoming year. During the year 2013, the Lorain County Solid Waste District held several events resulting in 1,892 people taking the ARD pledge.
One such event was a pledge drive in the Lorain County schools. Teachers were given a pledge sheet for their students to sign. Each of the 70 teachers who participated, by returning their pledge sheets, were entered into a drawing for a pizza party.
The winning teacher for the ARD 2013 event was Mr. Anthony Laveglia at Liberty Elementary School in North Ridgeville and his 2nd grade class. Our local District Solid Waste Educator, Brandi Schnell, personally delivered the pizzas to the classroom for the party on Friday, January 10, 2014!
The class was in great spirits as they each got their pizza and pop. The teacher and students were very grateful and said they can’t wait for the next LCSWMD recycling presentations and contests! Here are some pictures from that fun day!
2013 America Recycles Day Pizza Party
C.A.B. Trailer Program Available County-Wide
The Lorain County Board of Commissioners and the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District are excited to announce a new program being launched in conjunction with Pride Day (Saturday, May 18, 2013).
The “C.A.B.”, otherwise know as the Clean And Beautiful Trailer, is available starting this week for FREE to any volunteer organization in Lorain County. The District received a grant from Keep America Beautiful and the Lowe’s Charitable & Educational Foundation last year.
For more information or to schedule it for your upcoming beautification project, please contact the District through either Sally Pecora at (440) 329-5467 or Tiffany Barker at (440) 328-2368.
Collection Center Now Accepting New Recyclables
The Lorain County Board of Commissioners and the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District are pleased to announce that effective March 1, 2013 residents & small businesses can now drop off their recyclables at the Lorain County Collection Center (located at 540 South Abbe Rd., Elyria, OH 44035).
Now you will be able to drop off plastics #1-7 (identifiable by the number in the recycling arrows on the bottom of the item), glass jars & bottles, steel cans and paper. This new program will be free and is an expanded service to the District’s recent announcement of accepting cardboard and boxboard.