Reuse is simply the act of finding a second (or third, or tenth or hundredth) use for a product to prolong its life. Reuse is an important step after you've already reduced, but before you are ready to recycle.
Reuse is a process that many of us already implement in our everyday lives without realizing it. Any time you buy or sell a product second-hand, such as from SEVCA, Craigslist, or eBay you are providing an additional use for this product, while at the same time, not requiring another one to be created.
The important thing to consider when you want to reuse is that "creativity is king" in the process. The creativity also provides the opportunity to be thrifty, by reusing what you already have for new, innovative purposes.
In 2016, Dan Farrar, transfer station operator at the Springfield Transfer Station, accepted unwanted, working sewing machines for "Sewing Peace," an initiative of Pedals for Progress. The year's total was 43 machines, some of which were shipped to Albania on October 29, some to the She Can Foundation in Tanzania on November 3, and all of the portables that were in their original plastic cases went to Ghana on December 3. If you have a useable machine to donate, please bring it to the Ludlow, Springfield, or Rockingham transfer stations. Read more about the Foundation on the Pedals for Progress website. Our goal for this year is 100 machines.
Over 6,000 square fee on the third floor of the Bridgewater Mill, which is west of Woodstock on Route 4 in Bridgewater, Vermont. They sell clothing, housewares, shoes, and books. The store is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 802-672-1990 In 2011, they recycled over 41 tons of clothing.
"Be paint wise; buy the right size."
Materials exchanges facilitate the reuse of materials and save them from becoming waste. They do this by acting like a broker or bulletin board, helping businesses or people that have unwanted materials connect with others who could use that same material. Here is a list of some exchanges:
A free service whose goal is to minimize waste by fostering the exchange of reusable commercial resources. Click here for more information.
A national web-based exchange.