ReuseFest is a one day collection event for materials destined for
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.
This years event includes many great local organizations including Global Links, Construction Junction, Off the Floor, Pittsburgh Center For Creative Reuse, Goodwill, FreeRide, the Animal Rescue League and the Gay & Lesbian Community Center.
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!
In 1999, the American Eagle Outfitters Foundation was established. Through the AEO Foundation, American Eagle strives to create positive change in areas that are important to both their customers and associates, including youth development and environmental conservation.
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).
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
Animal Rescue League Received:
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
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!