Countryside Conservancy Drop Off

NORTHEAST OHIO: We will be at the Countryside Conservancy Farmers’ Market at Howe Meadow on Saturday, August 13th from 9 AM-12PM to collect any clean, gently used kitchen items. This is our big drop off for Northeast Ohio, so please come help make this event a success! We will have volunteers and wagons on site to help move boxes from your cars! We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Event: June 30th- Moms Across America

Tomorrow, Thursday June 30th, we will be welcoming Moms Across America Founder, Zen Honeycutt, at The Commissary for a great event. The event will take place directly after our normal Thursday drop off (which runs from 4-7 PM) starting promptly 7PM and ending at 9 PM. Moms Across America is a nonprofit organization that is traveling across the country to raise awareness about GMOs, empowering leadership, and creating healthy communities. This event will be hosted by The Commissary, Snowville Creamery, and Recycle Pots and Pans and it is free to attend. Come join us to welcome Zen Honeycutt and enjoy light refreshments afterwards. We hope to see you there!

The Commissary is located at 1400 Dublin Road in Columbus.Moms Across America

July 2nd Columbus Drop Off

July 2nd will be our next drop off for the Columbus area! Please join us by stopping by with any kitchen item donations! We will be at The Commissary from 10 AM- 1 PM. We are in need of forks and crock pots specifically, but can use any clean, gently used kitchen items. We hope to see you there!

Dec. 5 Launch Event in Columbus!

Recycle Pots and Pans will hold a Columbus launch event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at The Commissary, our NEW pots-and-pans dropoff located at 1400 Dublin Rd, Columbus, OH. We’re so excited to meet the Columbus community!

The Commissary is a new maker-space for food and drink in Columbus. The facility offers 16,000 square feet of commercial kitchen, production and event space designed to be used by everyone from aspiring entrepreneurs to professional chefs to home cooks. At The Commissary, Turner found a perfect partner to help begin to grow the organization — with eventual plans to take the efforts nationally — in founder Kate Djupe.

“We’re two entrepreneurial women, two mothers, working together to help families eat together,” Turner says. “For myself, as a cheesemaker, this feels like a natural outgrowth. It’s important to me to help families have access to not only nutritious local foods, but also the tools for preparing them.”

In Columbus, Turner is working to build relationships with various nonprofit groups, ranging from groups that help survivors of domestic abuse to groups that work with families struggling with drug addiction to those that work with refugees. An initial partner group is Freedom a la Cart, which works to empower adult survivors of human trafficking to live an independent life through personal and economic self-sufficiency. Learn more at freedomalacart.org.

Beginning Dec. 5, Recycle Pots and Pans will accept donations of pots, pans and other kitchen items at The Commissary, 1400 Dublin Rd., Columbus, OH 43215. Donations can be dropped off between 4 and 7 p.m. every Thursday, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month, or by appointment. To arrange a drop off time, call 614-591-2079 or email recyclepotsandpans@gmail.com. Learn more at recyclepotsandpans.com or follow Recycle Pots and Pans on Facebook or on Twitter at @recyclepotspans and learn more about The Commissary at http://www.thecommissarycolumbus.com.

Recycle Pots and Pans gains federal non-profit status

We did it!

Recycle Pots and Pans officially gained 501(c)-3 status, making it now a federally recognized non-profit organization! All donations to Recycle Pots and Pans will now be tax deductible.

Since its inception in 2011, Recycle Pots & Pans volunteers have distributed more than 130 complete kitchen sets to individuals making transitions from shelters and other temporary housing to more permanent residences.

Let’s keep up the heartfelt and important work everyone! Deep thanks to all those who have been a part.

Columbus location opening soon at The Commissary!

Recycle Pots and Pans is spreading to Columbus!

Later this month, our friends The Commissary – a commercial kitchen and communal space for food trucks and community outreach – opening Recycle Pots and Pans’ second location! We are so excited to begin this awesome partnership and further our reach, so more and more households can benefit from the Recycle Pots and Pans mission.

Follow our progress as we get closer and closer to opening our second location, and in the meantime, spread the word and check out The Commissary and all the awesome stuff they’re already doing for the Columbus area!

Columbus – we’ll see you soon!

Closing Gaps in the Food Cycle

As a local farm-to-table professional, Lucky Penny Creamery‘s Abbe Turner saw distressing gaps in the local food cycle. From 2010-2012, 1 in 6 Ohio families experienced food insecurity. On any given day, 97,000 children in northeast Ohio are hungry. Yet we generate 35 million tons of food waste annually.

Community food banks provide groceries to the needy, but recipient homes often lack the necessary tools to prepare and enjoy the food: pots, pans, plates, forks and knives. Abbe founded Recycle Pots and Pans to close that gap, simultaneously reducing landfill waste by repurposing castoff kitchen items.

Community members help Abbe lead collection drives throughout the year (on America Recycles Day, Earth Day, etc.), benefitting 115 families and eight nonprofit organizations to date. THANK YOU for your donations, so struggling families can gather around a table of home-cooked meals.

November 15 is America Recyles Day 2014!

Hey all!

Get ready for our 3rd annual celebration of America Recycles Day, on November 15th! We’ll be collecting your generous donations of any used or unused cook and kitchenware at 2 locations from 10 am – 4 pm :

1) Our partner, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. For more info on details of the zoo’s event, check out

2) Our headquarters at the Lucky Penny Creamery in Kent, where cider and treats will be served and Recycle Pots and Pans board members and volunteers will be available to help with collections and questions all afternoon. Check out for more info on Lucky Penny Creamery and Farm in Kent

Contact us at recyclepotsandpans@gmail.com for more info on how you can get involved in what Recycle Pots and Pans is doing to contribute to America Recycle’s Day 2014!

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