Newsletter: August 8, 2022

We had our August monthly drop off day last week.  We had 46 people come through and drop off 3,911 lbs. of paper for destruction.  Thank you to everyone who participated.

As a reminder, on the first Wed. of every month, we have an open drop off day.  ANYONE can bring paper to be destroyed.  Businesses and non-businesses are welcome.  Seniors get a special break.  The first 50 lbs. are free for seniors, It is only .25/lb. after the first 50lbs. It does not matter where you live either.
Our next drop off day will be September 7th from 9-2.
Reminder: This Friday is the CLI family reunion/indoor picnic.  From 2-6 everyone is welcome to come back and see some familiar faces.  You can also check out some of the jobs that we are working on here at the workshop.  We would love to see your smiling face there.  Even if you are not smiling we would love to have you come.  I guarantee I will put a smile on your face.  Also, please stop by my table to take part in a special project.
Have a great week and see you Friday!

Newsletter: July 25, 2022

I do not normally put to much personal stuff in my letters. Today is the exception. My wife, Sandy, and I are celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the wonderful person that made a commitment to me on 7-25-1992.

For those of you that know me, I am sure you agree that my wife is a wonderful person. Some of you even refer to her as a “saint”. That phrase is usually in a sentence that goes something like this…”you have been married for 30 yrs, your wife must be a saint to deal with you for that long”.

Last week was another busy week for us. We had 4 more people working at the workshop. 2 of which are new and 2 are returnees.

We will be having a FL and CLI reunion on Friday 8/12/22 from 2-6. We are inviting all folks that have either worked here or received services to come back and reunite with old friends and familiar faces.

Our next drop off date is 8/3 from 9-2

Newsletter: July 18, 2022

It is hard to believe that the year is already better than half over. I have been seeing commercials for “Back to School” already. I suppose Christmas is just around the corner.

Our good news is that we have continued to stay extremely busy. We have recently picked up several new assembly jobs.

So far this year, we have almost doubled the number of large shred jobs that have been completed. We have completed 76 purges so far this year compared to 40 at this time last year.

This growth has created the need for us to hire a full time employee to help us continue our growth. If you or anyone you know is interested, please fill out an application on our website.

I would also like to remind you that our next drop off day is Wed. August 3rd. from 9-2. If you can’t make it then. Please give me a call at 419-921-6400 to set up an appointment that is better for your schedule.

Newsletter: May 23, 2022

I have some extremely exciting news. On Thursday, we were informed that we will be receiving a grant from the Ohio EPA for $100,000 to go towards the purchase of a garbage truck. This truck will be used to grow our boat wrap business exponentially. You can see the picture of the beauty that is coming. Unfortunately, it will not be arriving until around September. If you are not aware of our boat wrap program, here is a quick recap. Many people wrap there boats in plastic for the winter. Most people/marinas simply throw this plastic away. We are able to collect it, then bale it and sell it to be recycled. When recycled, it becomes guard rail blocks. Typically we will deliver empty gaylord boxes to a marina and then return to pick up the full containers. With the truck, we will simply be able to gather all material at the same time.

We will be putting a great “wrap” on our new baby and looking for some sponsorship for it as well. If you are interested in this, please give me a call or email me. or 419-921-6400

Newsletter: May 9, 2022

Happy Belated Mothers Day to all the Mom’s.

Business has been continuing to grow this year. Shredding, assembly and plastic wrap recycling have been very busy.
We recently started a project that we are super excited about. We have named it “The Foam Project”. We named it this because it is foam. This is a project that is projected to last for a few years. The best part is that everyone we employ has been able to work on this project. In fact, last Monday the crew was challenged to complete 11,000 units. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they completed 13,500 and blew my goal away.

We also had a pretty good week with the rest of our production. We completed a total of 57,000 units.

Shredding continues to boom. We completed 16,000 lbs. of paper and 3,000 lbs. of cardboard.

We also collected 2,800 lbs. of boat wrap.

All of these positive numbers mean that Firelands Local is hiring. We are looking for 1 full time employee. If you want to join our team please fill out an application here:

Newsletter: April 4, 2022

Well April is finally here. The spring weather is upon us. Well at least if you can look past the tiny blizzards and cold blowing wind it is.

3/25 was our annual shred drop off day. We collected 16,825 lbs. from 23 customers. That was a 30% increase in weigh from last year. I would like to thank all the folks that took part in our event. Together we helped save 143 trees from being harvested.

We followed that up with another busy week. We started service for 2 new customers and completed 3 purges totaling just over 12,000 lbs.

Production was very busy as well completing 31,000 units.
We shredded 24,000 lbs. of paper last week and collected 8,000 lbs. of cardboard for recycling.

We continue to grow and are looking someone who like to be part of our growth. We have an opening for a full time person that will be helping in all areas that we operate. If you are interested, please apply at

Newsletter: March 21, 2022

The year is flying by. It is hard to believe it is already time for our annual drop off day.

Friday March 25th from 10-5 you can bring you paper for destruction. The first 500 pounds are free. That is a $125 value. Each pound after that will be .25. Last year we collected just under 13,000 pounds of paper. We would love to get over 20,000 this year.

We are also looking to add another person to our growing team. Please see the job posting in the careers section of our website to apply.


We: Shredded 19,000 pounds of paper
Recycled 6,000 pounds of cardboard
Completed 36500 units of assembly

Did you know that we can recycle the wrap from your boat? If you are interested, please give us a call to see what we offer.

Newsletter: January 31, 2022

I know it has been a few minutes since there was an update.

We are finalizing our grant application with OhioEPA to go towards the purchase of a collection vehicle. The primary use of this truck will be for the collection of plastic wrap. This will also include boat wrap as we are partnering with several organizations to help facilitate this activity. You will certainly be hearing more about this project once we are approved for our grant. We are shipping out 8,000 pounds of baled plastic today.

January has been extremely busy from a production standpoint as well. Shredding: We shredded just over 90,000 pounds of paper. That is 45 tons in Jan. alone. This will help save the equivalent of 765 trees from being harvested. We were also able to recycle 11.5 tons of cardboard. In January we also completed over 100,000 units of production.

We completed our largest single job ever in January. The total weight on the shred project was 42,952 lbs. of paper.

Please be aware of your health in this cold weather. No matter how healthy you are, cold is cold. Limit your skin exposure as much as you can.