Friday, July 30, 2021

PA Resources Council To Hold Sept. 11 Reuse Fest In Erie Providing Opportunity For Public To Donate Items For Reuse By Local Nonprofits

Clean out the garage…the basement…the overflowing closets throughout the house because a regional large-scale collection of materials to be REUSED by local nonprofits will return to Erie on September 11.

The Pennsylvania Resources Council’s “ReuseFest” – a one-of-a-kind drop-off event for gently used materials destined for reuse by numerous local nonprofit organizations – will accept a wide variety of materials including bedding/bath, clothing, furniture, kitchen items, medical supplies, usable building materials and more.

PRC’s third annual “ReuseFest” in Erie will take place on Saturday, September 11, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the parking lot of UPMC Health Plan, 380 E. Bayfront Pkwy.

“This one-of-a-kind collection event provides area residents with an opportunity to conveniently donate a variety of unwanted but still usable items to multiple local nonprofits at one location,” according to PRC Recycling Operations Specialist Josh Schuneman.  “All materials donated at ReuseFest will be reused in some fashion, whether resold, repurposed or given to those in need in our region.”

“Since launching ReuseFest in Pittsburgh in 2012, PRC has collected and diverted tens of thousands of pounds of materials from local landfills,” said Schuneman. “To streamline the process at PRC events, we ask participants to pack all materials in their car trunks or truck beds and then stay in their vehicles while staff unloads the materials.” 

Nonprofits collecting materials at the September 11 event will include Chosen International Medical Assistance, Dress for Success Erie, Erie City Mission, Greater Erie Area Habitat for Humanity and Green Scene Thrift. 

Glass Recycling

PRC, in partnership with Bayfront Glass, will also collect all colors of glass bottles, jars and jugs at this event.  While there is no need to separate colors of glass, all caps and lids should be removed.


ReuseFest is sponsored by UPMC, UPMC Hamot and The Erie Community Foundation in collaboration with Erie County Recycling Program and City of Erie.

Pittsburgh Reuse Fest Oct. 16

The PA Resources Council will also be holding a Reuse Fest in Pittsburgh on October 16.  More details to follow.

For a complete list of participating organizations and materials collected, visit PRC’s Reuse Fest webpage or call the Pennsylvania Resources Council at 412-488-7490 x7. 

For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the PA Resources Council website.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates, follow PRC on Twitter or Like them on FacebookClick Here for PRC’s Events Calendar.  Click Here to support their work.

PRC is Pennsylvania’s oldest grassroots environmental organization founded in 1939.  PRC has worked to protect resources for future generations through environmental education, recycling, waste diversion programs, anti-litter campaigns and other initiatives. 

[Posted: July 30, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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