in Northeast OH
RECYCLE IT: The County Solid Waste Management Department – Most counties in Ohio have a government entity in charge of waste. Some provide a minimum of services & others are fairly comprehensive. The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District has a very informative web site. Check with your own county to see what they offer. A Note About Recycling Metals: Scrap dealers will pay for copper, aluminum, steel, iron & various metals. The waste management department should be able to refer you to a reputable company or research it on the web.
1800RECYCLING.com – A search engine that can help you locate recycling option in any zip code or city, plain & simple. Easy to use but only lists their partner companies or companies who have asked to be listed & met their qualifications.
Earth911.com – A search engine & more to help you locate recycling options for just about anything, just about anywhere & a bit more. Includes lots of related information & ideas.
Junk Removal Companies – There are several companies in Northeast Ohio that will remove unwanted items from your client’s home for a fee. How much they charge & what they recycle will vary. Do an internet search for junk removal or haul away companies then call & ask the questions important to you & your client.
“Think Outside the Bin” is a blog loaded with ideas on repurposing almost everything. Sign up to receive their blog by email or visit www.thinkoutsidethebin.com. Another great searchable web site for repurposing ideas is www.upcyclethat.com.
Estate, Moving, & Tag Sales – To identify an Estate or Moving Sale Company in the area, visit www.estatesales.net. Many of these companies will conduct a sale on site for your client in exchange for a percentage (30 to 50%) of the sales proceeds. Be sure to check references & ask what happens to items that do not sell. Some of these companies also sell on consignment & online, so ask about these options as well.
Auctioneers – There are numerous auction houses in Northeast Ohio. Some will buyout the contents of a home while others will sell items on consignment. Commissions tend to be closer to 50%. When negotiating with an auctioneer as with any other reseller, get everything in writing and make sure your client knows what happens if the items don’t sell.
Resellers or Consignment Dealers – Do an internet search for “consignment,” “resale,” or “thrift” shops in your area. Identify the shops that sell what you have. They will often buy on the spot but call ahead if you can. Visit www.thethriftshopper.com to help identify local thrift stores or just do an internet search in your client’s area.
Selling Gold & Silver: When the price of gold and silver are high, there’s a shop popping up on every corner offering to buy your goods. It’s true that gold and silver items may be more valuable today as “scrap” than as jewelry, tea service, etc. Make sure your client finds an established dealer or talks with an experienced antique or estate sale person to learn about his or her options. It never hurts to get more than one offer.
The most well known & largest agencies accepting donations of household goods are Goodwill (http://locator.goodwill.org) & the Salvation Army (1-800-728-7825). If your client wants to support another charity, call your local United Way for a local list. Another option are the Yellow/White Boxes on virtually every busy corner. Most accept donations of clothing & shoes. The agency receiving the donation is usually listed on the box & you can call or visit their web site to learn more.
A Furniture Bank is a great option for, well, furniture. There are several in Northeast Ohio including the Cleveland Furniture Bank (www.clevelandfurniturebank.org). Do an internet search to find the bank nearest to your client’s home.
Medical Equipment can be a challenge to both donate & sell. A Cleveland-based nonprofit collects and ships medical supplies & equipment to developing countries where it can save. To donate, call (216) 692-1685 to schedule a drop-off of unused, non-expired medical supplies and usable medical equipment.
Freecycle - The Freecycle Network™ has local chapters all over the country. Through Freecycle, you can give things away directly to someone who needs it. Remember to use caution when you arrange the exchange. See the web site for more details at www.freecycle.org.
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