Akron, OH —Habitat for Humanity of Summit County and the Akron Zoo have recently formed a partnership that enhances both organizations sustainability efforts. The partnership focuses on reclaiming, reusing and recycling materials found in properties acquired by the Akron Zoo. When properties around the zoo become available the zoo sometimes purchases these properties, often at sheriff’s auction. The blighted houses are removed to provide green space.

Habitat for Humanity of Summit County will secure materials from the properties such as kitchen cabinets, doors, windows, countertops, light fixtures and other items. Materials that can be reused will be available for sale at the Habitat ReStore located on 2301 Roming Rd. Items that cannot be reclaimed will be recycled.

"Habitat for Humanity of Summit County has become a leader in our community in deconstruction and various methods used to reclaim items that can be resold, reused or recycled. We are delighted to be partnering with the Akron Zoo to be giving items a purpose beyond their original life by removing them from one home and making them available to customers that shop in our Habitat ReStore," Rochelle Sibbio, President & CEO of HFH Summit County said.

"This is a great partnership, which furthers both organizations’ commitment to sustainability and improving the community," Linda Criss, Vice President of Communications said. "We are delighted to have formed this win-win partnership."