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.
"Sewing Peace" 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. Read more...
The Bridgewater Thrift Store 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. Freecycling Freecycling is a great way to "get rid of stuff."
ReSOURCE "Our Mission: To divert clean, usable commercial/industrial surplus from the landfill and offer it to the public as art, craft and educational materials." ReSOURCE is located in Burlington, Barre, and Morrisville. Click on ReSOURCE for the address and hours of operation.
Paint "Be paint wise; buy the right size."
Materials Exchanges 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:
Reuse Marketplace A free service whose goal is to minimize waste by fostering the exchange of reusable commercial resources. Click here for more information.
Building Materials Vermont Salvage Exchange Used interior and exterior building materials bought and sold. Great stuff for your renovation project. Gates Street (behind former Mascoma Bank next to railroad tracks) White River Junction, VT (802) 295-7616
COVER A used building material and household goods redistribution center. Accepting tax-deductible donations of new and lightly used building materials from area contractors, businesses, and individuals and offering them at low-cost to the community. 158 S. Main Street White River Junction, VT (802) 296-7241
Deconstruction Works Specializing in the salvage and reuse (green demolition) of houses, outbuildings, and commercial interiors in Vermont and New Hampshire.
ReSOURCE "ReSOURCE's mission is to meet community and individual needs through (1) education and job skills training, (2) environmental stewardship, and (3) economic opportunities." ReSOURCE has stores in Burlington, Barre, and Morrisville. Click here for their addresses and hours of operation.
Annual Re-use Sales Plan ahead and make donations to these events.
Ford-Sayer Winter Sports Sale In early November. Equipment and clothing. Sponsored by the Ford-Sayer Ski Council. Hanover High School Gym 41 Lebanon Street Hanover, NH (603) 643-2226 or (802) 649-1678
Glad Rags Sale 4th Saturday in April and October. 9:00 to 3:00. Better used clothing. Masonic Hall Pleasant St (Route 4)(in front of the Health Center) Woodstock, VT (802) 457-2864
Youth-In-Action Toys and Togs In Spring. Children's toys and clothing (donations appreciated year-round). St. Paul's Church Taft Flat Wilder, VT (603) 643-4313
Furniture and Housewares Allard's Discount Warehouse New, used, and factory second and furniture. 12 Prospect St. (call for directions) White River Junction, VT (802) 295-5678
Heirloom Furniture Hospital Buy, sell, and repair used furniture. 672 North Main St. (Rt. 5 next to 25,000 Gifts) White River Junction, VT (802) 295-9949
Main Street Furniture Used and new furniture and some household goods. 57 N. Main St. White River Junction, VT (802) 295-6370
Clothing and Housewares SEVCA Good Buy Stores Books, household goods, curtains, furniture, handbags, shoes, boots, belts, stuffed animals, bedding, and clothing for men, women, and children. "One person's trash is another's treasure." Whatever we can't sell in our stores, we try to recycle.
Donated items need to be in plastic bags. Shoes should be in a separate bag and tied together if possible.
SEVCA is a 501(c)3 non-profit human services agency. Proceeds from recycling fund the agency's programs, which include weatherization, family services, crisis fuel, Head Start, Outreach, and helping those in need in our Vermont communities.
Bellows Falls, VT Mon - Fri: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sat.: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 802-463-9084 I-91 Exit 5 or 6, 45 Rockingham St.
Springfield, VT Mon - Sat: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 802-885-7074 1-91 Exit 7 23-25 Main Street
White River Jct., VT Mon - Sat: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 802-295-6373 I-91 Exit 11 South on Route 5, approx. 2 miles to the Hartford Recycling Ctr.
Black River Good Neighbor Services Ludlow Armory Community Complex, Main Street Ludlow, VT 802-228-3663
Who is Sylvia? 1800s - 1950s vintage clothing and accessories for men, women, and children. Antique lace and linen bought and sold. 26 Central St Woodstock, VT 802-457-1110
The Bridgewater Thrift Store Over 6,000 square feet 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. In 2011, they recycled over 41 tons of clothing. 101 Mill Road Bridgewater, Vermont 802-672-1990
Yankee Exchange Consignment Upscale-Resale for Women and Children. Carrying clothing for both women and children. In addition, a great selection of children's books, toys and games, plus sporting goods. Open 10 to 3 Tuesday through Saturday. 2178 Maxham Meadow Way Woodstock, VT 802-457-1577
Books Encore Books New/used books and music bought, sold, and traded selectively. Audio rentals, educational discounts. Route 12A (between Pier 1 and Staples) West Lebanon, NH (603) 298-5007 www.encorebooks.net
Five-Colleges Book Sale Annual sale, late April at Lebanon High School Gym. Call about book donations. Lebanon High School Gym Lebanon, NH (603) 643-2528 http://www.five-collegesbooksale.org
Pleasant Street Books Antiquarian books, used and rare books. 48 Pleasant St (Route 4) Woodstock, VT (802) 457-4050
Women's Business Clothes Dress for Success Burlington is a non-profit organization located in Burlington, Vermont that provides professional attire and career development to disadvantaged women who are making the transition from public assistance to self-sufficiency.
We require that all donations be:
Women's business attire appropriate for a job interview (suits, skirts, pants, blouses, blazers, sweaters, dresses, coats, etc.) Suitable for the appropriate season In excellent condition (clean, no pills, stains, missing buttons, etc.) Pressed and ON HANGERS Items we accept: