If you believe the future is circular, you’re invited to connect with some of the local groups and individuals who are leading the transition to a more sustainable local economy that produces less waste.
Did you know? Northeast Ohio has 370 food companies; it’s among Ohio’s largest industries. Food and beverage production in Cleveland consumes 1.962 million tons of natural resources to produce and transport to stores. Combined with households, agriculture produces 189,000 tons of waste annually.
That means reducing food waste will have a big impact on pollution. These resources can help:
Did you know? Gasoline consumed by Clevelanders driving cars equals 23,000 terajoules of energy a year. That’s the equivalent energy of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, 365 times. Our consumption produces 2.22 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
Cleveland has many resources to help lower transportation emissions, including investments in bicycle, transit and shared-mobility infrastructure.
The raw materials that go into electronics purchased in Cleveland add up to 65,200 tons each year. In addition, appliances are a portion of the 146,000 tons of resources needed to make miscellaneous manufactured products. Currently, only 4.48 tons of electronics are being recycled in Cleveland per year.
With more robust repair practices, those figures can improve. These resources can help:
Repair cafes where you can sharpen your DIY skills: Fix It CLE
A closed-loop, collaborative network of businesses, organizations and entrepreneurs where one organization’s hard-to-recycle wastes and by-products becomes another organization’s raw material: Ohio Materials Marketplace