Reuse Fest Helps Divert Unwanted Materials from Landfills
Reuse Fest on Saturday offered a unique chance for people to clean out their basements and closets and make sure they get reused by Erie non-profits who need them.
The Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) put on the event in the parking lot of UPMC Health Plan on the Bayfront Parkway in Erie.
People could drop off gently used bedding and bath supplies, clothes, furniture, kitchen or office supplies, pet supplies and even building materials.
Since launching Reuse Fest in Pittsburgh in 2012, PRC said it has diverted tens of thousands of pounds of stuff from local landfills.
"There's so many great local nonprofits that can really utilize a lot of gently used items from the public," said Sarah Shea, program coordinator for PRC. "We're just trying to get people to think twice before putting that out at the landfill. There's a lot of people locally who can utilize it and will benefit their nonprofit's mission."
Nonprofits there included Chosen Medical Assistance, Dress for Success Erie, Embracing our Veterans, Erie City Mission, Goodwill, Mercy Center for Women, and the ANNA Shelter.