Bring unwanted items to ReuseFest, August 11 at South Side Works

ReuseFest is a one day collection and educational event focused on the importance of material reuse.  The event  is an outgrowth of Pennsylvania Resources Council’s popular Hard to Recycle Collection events.

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.

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

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 and Craft supplies, School and office supplies, Artwork, Corks, and Fabric

Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project – Tote bags, Backpacks, Messenger bags, Softsided briefcases, and gym bags (in new or in gently used condition), Conference “swag” of any type in new condition, and luggage

ReuseFest takes place on Saturday August 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Parking lot at 26th and Sidney Streets at South Side Works.  For more information, contact Sarah Alessio Shea at412.488.7490 ext.236, or email: