What is Reuse?

Reclaimed Bath tubsReduce-Reuse-Recycle, is a slogan that has been around for years, but the “re-use” part is often overlooked. Reuse is different from recycling because materials and products are used “as is” without needing to be processed or re-manufactured. By seeking out opportunities for others to reuse your materials you will reduce the volume and associated costs of waste disposal, preserve raw materials from unnecessary production, and provide a benefit to your community. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

How can you make it happen?

For businesses and institutions, there are a mix of resources available to help make reuse happen. Some are focused on business materials. Others have a more traditionally residential base, but also accept business-generated materials. In all cases, materials should meet the recipient’s specifications. Please check the details of what is accepted, operating hours, and handling requirements in order to have a smooth transaction.

Building materials have high reuse potential. Learn more.

Check out the Northeast Reuse Marketplace to post materials online through a regional exchange.

Many charitable organizations accept materials such as furniture, office equipment, appliances, books, and clothing for donation and reuse. You could also set up an in-house “take it or leave it” area for things your business may generate that employees may find useful. Surplus office supplies or furniture, packing supplies, crates, pallets, or 5-gallon pails are some examples of materials that can be used by employees for personal use.

Check out our Reuse Resources for more ideas that can help your business maximize re-use opportunities.