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New Avenues/Buckeye Industries Closes its Recycling Centers on December 16

Nonprofit Agency is Developing New Programs that Employ People with Disabilities and Serve the Community

Dear Community Partners and Friends:
New Avenues to Independence has some important changes to share regarding our vocational services program, Buckeye Industries, which operates three recycling centers in Cleveland (west side), Eastlake and Madison.

Since 2008, Buckeye Industries has provided a paid work experience for more than 160 adults with disabilities. However, effective December 17, 2016, Buckeye Industries no longer offers the work experience at these locations.

As part of its strategic plan, New Avenues/Buckeye is developing a variety of employment partnerships with businesses and organizations in the community. This plan is in response to new state and federal guidelines that call for greater community inclusion, more choices and increased opportunities regarding employment for those with disabilities.

The last day to deliver recyclable materials to a Buckeye recycling center was December 16.

New Avenues is continuing to play an active role in the communities of Eastlake, Madison and Cleveland’s west side through its job training programs and array of day services for individuals with disabilities.

If you have materials to recycle, we encourage you to deliver them to Recycle It LCC, located on the west side, and/or Extreme Green on the east side. Please contact them to schedule your drop-offs.
  • Paul Osad, Recycle It: (440) 234-4099 office or (216) 214-0108 cell
  • Mike Brady, Extreme Green: (440) 487-3030

“Please know how much we appreciate the years of collaboration and the difference it makes in our community and the lives of so many men and women with disabilities,” said New Avenues CEO Karen Knavel. “Support for our recycling and work experience program has been overwhelmingly positive since 2008. Our sincere gratitude and thanks!

“Yet while our physical centers are closing, new partnership options are opening up,” Ms. Knavel continued. “We are very excited about our next steps, offering integrated employment options for people with disabilities. We look forward to continued collaboration with area organizations, including recycling at your business, while continuing our mission to help people with disabilities build their employment and independent living skills.”

As our field undergoes these major changes, unprecedented opportunities are emerging for people with disabilities and their communities. Through job coaching, internships, training programs, and more, New Avenues is working to match people with disabilities with companies that seek full-time, part-time, seasonal and volunteer work.

A prime example is our employment partnership with Giant Eagle, Inc.  Giant Eagle has hired 34 people with disabilities in jobs at Giant Eagle stores, warehouses and Get-Go stations in just over a year, and continues to hire people in our second year of the partnership.

We welcome the chance to discuss opportunities for internships and other types of work experience that include people with disabilities as we move into 2017. Please call Amie Gonzalez, Vocational Services Director, at (216) 213-5780 or email her at

New Avenues Mission – the Path to Dignity and Achievement
For more than 60 years, our mission is to provide opportunities for people with disabilities and special needs to become more independent and productive members of society by offering the highest quality support services and developing innovative and inclusive programs.