ReUse Centers and Material Exchanges
"Waste is a misplaced resource."
~ Vermont Business Materials Exchange
ReUse Centers – a place, such as a store or warehouse, where used items can be purchased. Thrift and consignment stores that sell used clothing and household goods are examples of reuse centers. There are also reuse centers that specialize in specific genres of goods, like art supplies, building materials and electronics.
Material Exchanges – usually this is a referral or listing service that helps connect those with unwanted materials to those looking for the same type of material. Usually, exchanges serve as a contact point or broker and do not physically handle materials. Some examples of regional on-line material exchanges include Freecycle, Craigslist, and eBay.
It’s better to reduce waste before it is generated, reuse a resource or product to lengthen its life and when the first two are not possible, recycle or compost. An additional ‘R’ often overlooked is ‘Repair’.
Consider buying goods that will have a long life; avoiding one-use items. Well made products usually can be fixed and repaired. There are professionals and artisans that will repair a number of goods including cars, appliances, shoes, leather goods, jewelry, lamps, books, and clothing. Look for them in the yellow pages or an on-line search engine.
Donating and buying reusable goods not only helps protect the environment, it also helps your local economy.
|Film Biz Recycling
540 President Street Basement
Gowanus, Brooklyn, New York
Recycling for Rhode Island Education
PO Box 6264
Spooner Street at 95 Hathaway Ctr, Suite 3
Providence, RI 02940
Phone: (401) 781-1521
|Materials for the Arts
33-00 Northern Blvd., 3rd floor
Long Island City, NY 11101
Phone: (718) 729-3001
Stuff Central (Hudson Valley Materials Exchange) firstname.lastname@example.org
c/o New Paltz Recycling Center
New Paltz, NY
Phone: (845) 567-1445
|The Restore (Surplus Materials for Many Reuses) |
P.O. Box 885
Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: (802) 299-1930
Scroungers’ Center for Reusable Art Parts (SCRAP)email@example.com
834 Toland Street
San Francisco, CA 94124
Phone: (415) 647-1746
Knack: The Art of Clever Reuse
116 Pleasant Street
Easthampton, MA 01027
Phone: (413) 529-0126
ReUse Centers - Building Materials in the Northeast
The ReCONNstruction Center
731 New Britain Avenue
Twin City Plaza
|Reusable Green Works, LLC |
840 Boston Post Road
West Haven, CT 06516
Phone: (203) 745-3695
Eco Building Bargains
83 Warwick Street
Springfield, MA 01104
Phone: (413) 788-6900
ReStore - Habitat for Humanity Middlesex County
The Crossroads at Cromwell Shopping Plaza
34 Shunpike Road
Cromwell, CT 06416
Phone: (860) 788-6483
Email: info@HabitatMiddlesex.org www.habitatmiddlesex.org/restore
39 Oregon Avenue
Hamden, CT 06514
Phone: (203) 287-0852
|ReStore – Habitat for Humanity |
of Northeast CT
171 Providence Street (Route 6)
Putnam, CT 06260
Phone: (860) 928-2200
Has various locations in the Northeast
ReNew Building Materials & Salvage, Inc.
Putney Road (Opposite Shell)
16 Town Crier Drive #2 Brattleboro VT 05301-8669
Phone: (802) 246-2400
ReStore – Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County
1785 Stratford Ave.
Stratford, CT 06615
Phone: (203) 383-4358
Build it Green! NYC
3-17 26th Ave.
Astoria, NY 11102
Phone: (718) 777-0132
ReStore – Habitat for Humanity of Southeastern CT
400 New London Road
Salem, CT 06420
Phone: (860) 892-9553
The Loading Dock, Inc.
2 North Kresson Street
Baltimore, MD 21224
Phone: (410) 558-3625
|ReStore – Habitat for Humanity of Westchester NY |
525a Main Street
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Phone: (914) 636-8335
|Boston ReStore, Inc.
10 Harvard Street; PO Box 240881
Dorchester, MA 02124
Phone: (617) 288-8400
|Reuse Center at Boston Building Material Resources |
100 Terrace Street
Roxbury, MA 02120
Phone: (617) 442-2262
Some of these exchanges limit their services to specific geographic areas or user groups. Additional listings can be found through U.S. EPA and the Northeast Recycling Council material exchange webpages.
This is a regional on-line material exchange sponsored by the states of CT, DE, MA, NJ, NY, RI, and VT and also by several corporations. This site replaced or enhanced existing exchanges within those states.
|Western/Central New York Materials Exchange
GLOW Region Solid Waste Management Committee
Phone: (800) 836-1154
Furniture and Household Goods
In Connecticut, we have a thrift stores and consignment shops in many towns that are run by local organizations and private individuals. Try the yellow pages, on-line or in your telephone book under "thrift" and "consignment".
Some on-line sources to give or receive used materials for free or low-cost include yahoo groups like Freecycle and ReUseIt Network (RIN) or on-line classifieds for free stuff or for selling goods include Craigslist and eBay.
Business equipment, furniture and supplies are also often accepted by local thrift stores and consignment shops, including Goodwill Industries and Salvation Army. Some on-line sources to give or receive used materials for free or low-cost include yahoo groups like Freecycle and ReUseIt Network (RIN) or on-line classifieds for free stuff or for selling goods include Craigslist and eBay.
Reuse stores are not just for non-profit organizations. Stores selling/buying/trading used sports equipment are on the rise, including Play it Again Sports found throughout the country including stores in CT. Another option is Replay Sports in Groton, CT.
Some on-line sources to give or receive used materials for free or low-cost include yahoo groups like Freecycle and ReUseIt
Network (RIN) or on-line classifieds for free stuff or for selling goods include Craigslist and eBay.
Electronics (Computers, TV's, etc.)
If you have a computer that is still in good working order, you may be able to donate it to a school, or to an organization that distributes computers to schools. Some organizations provide technology not only to schools, but will also provide equipment to non-profits and/or public agencies that provide services to the needy, the unemployed or the disabled.
Each organization that promotes electronics reuse has very specific requirements regarding the equipment that they accept, so call first to find out if your used equipment is a good fit with that organization’s needs. If your computer is an older model that may not meet the needs of today’s school system, but still works well, you may want to consider donating it to a local nursery school where speed and issues such as internet access are not an important consideration. You may also want to contact other local charitable organizations such as Goodwill Industries or Salvation Army . For national computer reuse options visit the National Cristina Foundation.
Don’t trash your e-waste! Learn more about electronic waste to ensure that you are disposing of your electronic devices properly.
Thrift stores like Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries accept donations of good usable clothing and sell goods at low cost. In Connecticut, we have a thrift stores and consignment shops in many towns that are run by local organizations and private individuals. Try the yellow pages, on-line or in your telephone book under "thrift" and "consignment".
Municipal Swap Shops
Many communities with solid waste or recycling transfer stations have Swap Shops, a barn, shed or other building where residents may take or leave useable household items. Contact your local recycling coordinator to learn if you have a Swap Shop in your community. If not, encourage them to do so. It can become a hub for community activity! Swap Shops should be in a dedicated area, shed or building at the Transfer Station. Learn more by reading CET’s Swap Depot Starter Kit.