2014 Event Details | Event Sponsor | Materials Collected |
2012 Event Recap

Calendar ReuseFest Contact: Sarah Alessio Shea
Phone: 412.488.7490 ext.236

ReuseFest is a one day collection event for materials destined for
reuse! Want to find out more about the organizations involved and what they will be accepting? Check this out!

What is ReuseFest?

ReuseFest is a one day collection and educational event focused on the importance of material reuse.  It is an outgrowth of PRC’s popular Hard to Recycle Collection events.  In years past we saw a number of reuse focused organizations join our Hard to Recycle Collection events, so many in fact that we decided we needed to give these organizations their own event – enter ReuseFest! 

ReuseFest is a new and inventive way to bring attention to the relatively over looked issue of reuse.  If you consider that each year in the United States 161 million tons of material ends up in landfills and consider of all the energy and resources that it takes to make new products – the benefits to reuse is obvious.  Here in Pittsburgh we are lucky to be home to a large number of nonprofit organizations and small businesses that provide wonderful resources to the general public to help them give their goods a second life.  Through the ReuseFest the PA Resources Council gets these resources some needed attention in a fun and interactive way by bringing together a large scale collection drive for materials which will increase the support of local organizations, reduce the amount of materials being land filled, and educate the general public on the importance of reduce.

2014 Event Details

Saturday, June 28th 2014
Jefferson Middle School, Mt. Lebanon
9am to 1pm

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Partner Organization Details

Materials Collected:

All items are collected for FREE.  For a more detailed list of what each organization takes please click on their name.

Animal Rescue League  - Canned fruit or vegetables and shelled nuts except peanuts (for wildlife center), Blankets (both shelter and wildlife center), Dog and cat crates or carriers

Construction Junction – Useable building materials including Windows, Doors, Tile, Ceiling Fans and more.

Free Ride - Bikes, Bike Parts, and Tools in working order-(especially screw drivers, wrenches and allen keys).

Goodwill –  Gently used Clothing, Shoes, Houseware Items, Books, and Sporting Goods

Gay & Lesbian Community Center – Gently used Backpacks, Messenger & Laptop Bags, Office/Construction paper (partial packs fine), Pens/Pencils, Calculators, and Youth Focused DVDs

Global Links - Scrubs (gently-used, men’s/women’s), Nebulizers, Wheelchairs, Hearing Aids, Canes
Crutches, Walkers (folding), Shower Benches

Off the Floor – Kitchen Tables and Chairs, Dressers, End Tables, Bed Frames and Cribs.

Pittsburgh Center For Creative Reuse - Art & Creativity Supplies (sketchbooks, canvas, art tools, and easels).


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Event Recap!


2013 Event Details

The second annual ReuseFest, held August 3rd at the Goodwill Workforce Development Center was a great success.  Over 150 households participated in the event, dropping off a number of great materials that will be reused by our great nonprofit partners instead of heading to a landfill.  At the event Free Ride collected over 35 youth and adult bikes, a number of tires and bike tools and accessories, both Construction Junction and Goodwill filled their box trucks with usable building materials and home goods.  Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse received 415 pounds of materials, mostly art and craft supplies and the Gay and Lesbian Community Center received 32 backpacks and bags, 25 binders and other school supplies for Gay and Lesbian youth.  Lastly the Animal Rescue League filled their van to the max will blankets and towels, as well as litter boxes, carriers and crates and even toenail clippers and Global Links took in 12 walkers and canes, 14 pairs of crutches, 3 nebulizers, and 47 pounds of assorted supplies.  A big thanks goes to our sponsor the American Eagle Outfitters Foundation as well as all the participants and volunteers who made the event a success!  See you next year!

To check out photos from the event visit our Facebook page.
To watch some of our partner organizations discuss what they received Click HERE!

The PA Resources Council would like to thank all of those who made ReuseFest a great success, our partners, volunteers, and all of those who participated! THANK YOU!

175 people participated in ReuseFest, representing 200 plus households

Materials Collected

Animal Rescue League Received:
13 carriers
50 blankets
18 towels
48 toys
5 bags of bird seed
18 cans of fruit and vegetables
9 dog beds (2 still in their original package)
Free Ride received 30 bikes!!

Global Links Received:
20 pairs of crutches
14 canes
13 walkers
2 wheelchairs
99 lbs of assorted medical supplies

Pgh Tote Bag Project received 424 tote bags!

Off the Floor collected 24 items, including a sofa, twin bed, and other misc items!

Goodwill filled two box trucks full of material!

Construction Junction collected over 1000 pounds of assorted building materials!

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Event Video Diaries from some of our fantastic event partners! 

Construction Junction



Tote Bag Project

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