Green Collinwood

The Euclid Beach Team Is purchasing three recycling and trash units to be installed at Euclid Beach Park

The Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team will be able to purchase new trash and recycling bins for Euclid Beach Park thanks to roughly $400 collected in individual donations, a $1000 grant from the Cuyahoga Solid Waste District and a $1300 Neighborhood Connections grant! 

The three trash and recycling bins will be installed next spring by park maintenance staff on the beach at the bottom of each beach stairwell and will be distinctly labeled trash and recycling (for plastic and aluminum).  Additionally, the units will be anchored and closed-lid.  

Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach volunteers will be responsible for emptying recyclables weekly. Volunteers will also be responsible for tallying estimated trash and recycling totals collected as well as reporting to park maintenance staff any evidence of damage or tampering to the units. 

If there is a noticeable decrease in trash collected during our beach cleanups because of the new trash and recycle bins, we will consider installing additional trash and recycling units throughout Euclid Beach Park. 

Thank you again to everyone who supported this project!

-The Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team 

*For more information on The Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team or how you can volunteer to help empty recyclables visit us on facebook or email*

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Volume 2, Issue 12, Posted 11:43 PM, 11.14.2010

Coit Road Farmers' Market is just down the street

I did not realize how easy it was to get to the Coit Road Farmer's market. Drive south on East 152nd St. Do not drive north, you'll end up in the lake. Drive past Five Points, pass the football stadium, and the next street on your right is Woodworth. I did not realize that Woodworth and Noble road are the same road. Turn right on Woodworth and the market is right there on your left. The market is just minutes from your house if you live anywhere in Collinwood.

The market is open from 8 AM to 1 PM Wednesdays and Saturdays. Shop early for an excellent selection of locally-grown fruits and vegetables. Buying locally-grown food is nutritious and helps our local economy. In most cases, you can meet the grower or preparer of your food.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 1:33 PM, 07.11.2010

Worm Farm fights for its life

The Sansai Worm Farm is the dream of two brothers who started this business in their hometown of Cleveland, Ohio with the hopes of making Cleveland an example of how environmental and urban renewal can be accomplished at the same time. The dream was realized in 2005 with the purchase of a 32 acre property. The 17 acre facility, located in a converted inner city bombsite manufacturing factory, is also known as the former TRW Automotive Valve Plant in Collinwood. Now known as The Richard Melvin Building, the manufacturing facility has become the home to millions of red wiggler composting earthworms, who eat material, which othewise would go to landfills, for the harvest of worm castings which are premium organic plant additives. Sansai saves our planet from adding to dangerous methane levels produced at landfills. It also had plans to employ up to 400 people, from our neighborhood, in the next four years. 

Right now Sansai has been told to move out, and the worms are in lock-down.

Though an Arizona corporation is currently in possession of the Worm Farm, their Attorney Charles A. Nemer, had promised the Melvin brothers that volunteers would be allowed into the building, to care for the livestock--the worms-- who need food and water, and do not belong to the out of state company, but to the Sansai Worm Farm. 

More than a hundred volunteers, who have been given written and legal permission by Mr. Nemer to take care of the worms, have been turned away at the door. Only three of the volunteers have been allowed in, the same volunteers, who are nearing exhaustion, and worms have begun to die.  Each day, the attorney for the Sansai Farm makes sure that the volunteers' paperwork is in order, and each day, they are turned away anyway. 

Right now the Melvin brothers and Sansai Worm Farm are in negotiations to buy the building back. If Mr. Nemer does not follow through on his promise, by the time the legal wrangling is finished, and the Melvins are back in possession of their property, the livestock may be dead. To volunteer to help, contact the Worm Farm at


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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 8:47 PM, 06.09.2010

Help the Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team buy new trash and recycle bins for Euclid Beach Park!

The Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach team wants to buy new trash and recycling bins for Euclid Beach Park and we need your help! If you are not familiar with us, Adopt-a-Beach is a volunteer organization and subsidiary of the Alliance for The Great Lakes, a Chicago based non-profit dedicated to sustaining and improving the health of our lakes and beaches. Each month our team at Euclid Beach conducts beach clean ups. From our waste data collected, it is apparent that Euclid Beach Park faces improper waste disposal problems. On the beach currently, there are three 55-gallon open steel drum barrels that are used for trash disposal.  These units are inadequate for containing trash because:
  1. Trash overflow is problematic during the summer months.
  2. Animals like seagulls and raccoons remove and spread trash across the beach.
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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 11:56 PM, 05.11.2010

Safely Dump Unwanted Meds

Operation Medicine Cabinet aims to make our bathrooms safer by properly disposing of all those outdated prescriptions. Take them to the Fifth District HQ (881 E152 St.) on May 8, 9 am – 10 pm.  If in doubt about what you want to bring, call 216-664-3717 or log on to
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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 10:17 AM, 05.02.2010

A green way to trim the green

While many dream of acres and acres of sprawling land, I'm perfectly content with the postage stamp better known as my backyard.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 10:56 AM, 05.06.2010