Reuse is using something again. Through reuse, we get more value out of an item by extending its life and eliminate the need for a new item. Conventional reuse is where an item is used again for the same function, and creative reuse is where an item is used for a different function.  Reusing is the more environmentally preferred option because it uses even less energy and resources than recycling does!

The most environmentally friendly way to get rid of it is to find a reuse option. Sell it, give it away or donate it.

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Give it away

It can be easy to find someone to take your used stuff.

Options for giving items away include:

  • Family, friends, and neighbors.
  • Swaps: Host or participate in a swap. These can be especially effective for things that people only keep for a limited time, like clothing, toys, and books.
  • Put the item next to your trash bin the day before pick up: someone may pick it up before the waste hauler gets there.
  • Online: Try sites like FreecycleCraigslist, Nextdoor, and other social media sites like Facebook Marketplace.  

Sell it

Items that are high quality, relatively new, vintage, or collectible might have resale value.  

Options for selling items include:

  • Online: Check out sites like eBayCraigslist, and social media sites.
  • Garage or yard sale: Host your own or partner up with a neighbor or community group.
  • Consignment or second-hand stores.

Used items often found for sale include electronics, appliances, clothing, furniture, household goods and decorations, books, toys, sports equipment, and more.

Donate it

Donating your items can be an easy way to get rid of them while also contributing to local charitable organizations.

Tips for donating items:

  • Check the Recycling Directory for reuse outlets that accept donations.
  • Call first for materials accepted, drop-off/pick-up guidelines, locations, and hours.
  • Most organizations make dropping off items easy, but sites will vary. Some organizations will pick items up from your home.