Community ReUse Centers can benefit any and every community, but your community will only get to access these benefits if people get together to start one up! Every idea starts somewhere, so why can't this one start with you? Reusable materials are entering waste streams everywhere at great environmental cost. One Community ReUse Center can make a huge difference, not only by diverting reusable materials from landfills, but also by promoting awareness about consumption and waste, providing access to low-cost secondhand items, generating sales tax revenue, and creating jobs for local community members.
We are so glad you asked! This website is here to help by getting you through all the steps you'll need to build a business plan for your Community ReUse Center!
Any community in the U.S. that throws items "away", and has people looking for work will benefit from a Community ReUse Center. Reuse is already happening in many forms in your community, because the systems already exist. People purchase used cars and used homes every day. Used clothing is more widely available. Why not create a place that building materials, tools, cabinetry, lighting, furniture, computers, electronics, and housewares can be exchanged as well?
Funding provided by the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute through a grant from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.
“Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Environmental Conservation”.
This project was developed by Finger Lakes ReUse in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County