Recycling Programs  
Visit Holden

At The Holden Arboretum, recycling efforts are extremely important in order to conserve resources and reduce waste going into landfills. Holden has implemented several ways to encourage recycling efforts, internally and through programs for guests of Holden.

Visitor Recycling Program

Holden offers recycling opportunities to our guests, members, staff and businesses. These opportunities are free of charge and are available seven days a week from 9am - 5pm.


Abitibi Paper Retriever Recycle Bin Program

To support our mission, create more environmental awareness, and raise money, Holden has partnered with Abitibi-Consolidated Corporation to recycle paper. Abitibi-Consolidated is one of the largest international newsprint makers and their recycling division is the largest newspaper recycler in North America. Paper collected at Holden through the Abitibi Paper Retriever® program is collected, sorted, de-inked, and then reused to create recycled newsprint.


Everyone is encouraged to drop off their allowed paper items at our bin. The bin is located in the Warren H. Corning Visitor Center gravel parking lot, which is just past the main paved lot and is accessible to Holden members from sunrise to sunset and for non-members from 9am - 5pm.


Paper items allowed in the bin:Abitibi bin

  • Newspapers

  • Magazines and catalogs

  • Mail – letters, envelopes, etc.

  • Copy and fax paper

  • Posters and folders

  • Self-stick note paper

  • Computer paper

  • Books and notebooks

  • Shredded paper, if contained in a clear plastic bag

Items that cannot be placed in the bin:

  • Laminated paper

  • Cardboard or chipboard

  • Plastic of any kind

  • Milk cartons

  • Food containers

  • Metal

  • Glass

  • Phone books

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I have to sort my paper?
    No, just deposit the allowable paper items together in the bin.
  2. Are plastic bags allowed in the bin?
    Not typically. The only time a plastic bag is permitted is if you are recycling shredded paper.
  3. What is the size of the bin?
    The Abitibi Paper Retriever bin holds seven cubic yards with dimensions of 6’x6’x6’
  4. How much paper does the bin hold?
    A bin holds between 1 ½ to a maximum of two tons of paper. We encourage everyone to fill the bin with as much paper as possible to make this the most energy and fuel efficient process as possible.
  5. How is this program a fundraiser for Holden?
    Since Holden is a non-profit organization, Abitibi-Consolidated pays Holden for each ton of paper collected. This is a great way to support Holden without donating money or time.
  6. Is recycling my paper really better for the environment?
    Absolutely, yes. Recycling paper saves flora and fauna habitat; helps keep streams, rivers, and lakes from contamination and runoff; has a smaller energy impact; and saves landfill space.

Did you know that 40 percent of all waste in a landfill is paper?

Each ton of recycled paper:

  • Saves 17 trees
  • Saves two barrels of oil
  • Saves 4,100 kw hours of electricity
  • Saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space
  • Uses 50 percent less water
  • Creates 35 percent less water pollution
  • Creates 74 percent less air pollution
  • Creates five times more jobs than one ton of paper products made from virgin wood pulp

Did you know that de-inked paper fiber is the most efficient source of fiber

for the manufacturing of new paper products?

For every ton of de-inked pulp the following is saved:

  • 7,000 gallons of water
  • 390 gallons of oil
  • Air emissions is reduced by 60 pounds

When you purchase paper products made from recycled content you then close the recycling loop. One out of three newspapers produced in the United States is made from recycled paper from Abitibi-Consolidated.

All information was provided by Abitibi-Consolidated Corporation A brochure and an interactive paper recovery database containing a decade of statistics are available online at

Phone Books

This collection is in conjunction with the Lake County Solid Waste District Phone Book Collection. The phone books dropped off at Holden will be taken to the Mentor Wal-Mart drop-off collection site by a Holden staff member.


Check back for upcoming 2009 phone book collection dates.  

General recyclable waste associated with a visit

Drop aluminum soda cans or plastic pop bottles in one of our many recycle receptacles located all over the property. These collection receptacles are for the general visitor and do not accommodate large quantities of these items. Please do not bring items from home to place in the bins.

Questions, concerns and/or comments regarding any of the recycling programs? Call 440.946.4400 or e-mail

Eco-friendly Products Used at Holden

In an effort to become more environmentally friendly the Guest Relations Department of The Holden Arboretum uses many “green” products in the Warren H. Corning Visitor Center, Katherine Holden Thayer Center and Lantern Court. From cleaning products to cutlery, these are made with eco-friendly methods and materials.


Holden uses a wide array of Earth Friendly Products, which are purchased from the GreenLine Paper Co. Other products used are certified organic USDA approved liquid soap, bio-degradable cups, compostable cutlery and plates, as well as recycled napkins, garbage bags, and facial tissue. Organic fair trade certified evaporated cane sugar packets and polylactic acid or PLA drinking straws (made from corn resin) are also purchased through this company.


Sysco is another vendor in which Holden gets its environmentally friendly products from. Earth Plus products used at Holden are the roll towels, hand towels, toilet paper, and multi-purpose cleaner.

Recycling in Your Community

Doing your part:  The Holden Arboretum believes that everyone needs to do their part in order to conserve and reuse natural resources. Find out what you can do to reduce global warming.


Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties need us to help them be clean and green. Please contact your local township, city or village for drop-off or curb-side recycling opportunities.