Planet Aid Helps Ohio Conveniently Recycle Used Clothes and Shoes

New donation centers and partnership with Lorain County Collection Center help Ohio residents keep textiles out of landfills

Solon, Ohio - [DEC. 18, 2023] - Planet Aid, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that pioneered textile reuse, is excited to announce the opening of two, state-of-the-art clothing donation centers in Findlay and Grafton. In addition, Planet Aid has partnered with the Lorain County Collection Center to provide Ohio residents with convenient and responsible ways to donate used textiles. With the addition of the Planet Aid bin to the Collection Center now accepts most recyclable items at the one-stop, drive-through facility.


Lorain County Operatons Mgr. Chris Hevener with Planet Aid Territory Mgr. Randy Miller

Ohio residents are encouraged to donate their used textiles at one of these three, new locations:

  • Lorain County Collection Center (540 S. Abbe Rd., Elyria, OH 44035)
  • Flag City Station (2540 Tiffin Ave., Findlay, OH 45840)
  • Albert's Fresh Market (460 Main St., Grafton, OH 44044)

Or, find the nearest Planet Aid donation center at:

Environmentally and Socially Responsible Communities

Planet Aid donation centers are the latest innovation in textile reuse and recycling, helping to keep used clothes and shoes out of landfills at no cost to the community. The donation centers’ lighting and 24-hour video monitoring are solar-powered and provide safety and security for donors. They are made from refurbished shipping containers and are designed to be weather and tamper resistant.

The donation center and surrounding area are regularly serviced and cleaned by Planet Aid's experienced team to ensure a welcoming environment and positive experience for all donors.

With more than 25 years of experience, Planet Aid has consistently been a trailblazer in the reuse of clothes and shoes. Since its founding in 1997, the organization has collected over 1.7 billion pounds of used clothes and shoes. The donation centers are the latest effort by Planet Aid to provide cleaner, safer, more efficient and more convenient collection methods in order to generate more funds to support crucial community development programs.

Community Development

Planet Aid uses funds raised from donated clothes to support community development initiatives in the U.S., Latin America, Asia, and Africa. By donating used clothes and shoes to Planet Aid, Ohio residents directly contribute to initiatives that foster education, health and wellness, sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship.

"Planet Aid is committed to creating a sustainable future for all," said Planet Aid President and CEO Fred Olsson. "Our new donation centers in Ohio are a testament to our dedication to reducing textile waste, fostering community development, and protecting the environment."


Reducing Landfill Waste

Textile waste has become a critical issue worldwide, with harmful consequences for the environment. Landfills are overloaded with discarded clothing and shoes, contributing to pollution and resource depletion. The textile industry's resource-intensive nature also exacerbates environmental issues. Planet Aid's donation center offers a no cost, practical solution for Ohio residents to clean out their closets responsibly.

About Planet Aid

Planet Aid is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1997 to keep used clothes and shoes out of landfills and fund community development projects in the U.S. and around the world. With a commitment to sustainability and innovation, Planet Aid has collected over 1.7 billion pounds of shoes and clothes in its more than 25 years of operation, making a significant impact on both the environment and the lives of people in need. Planet Aid operates numerous solar-powered donation centers across the country to encourage responsible recycling and donations. More at

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Haley Chitty
Planet Aid Communications Manager