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PRC 'Reuse Fest' will benefit non-profits

 


Clean out the garage…the basement…the overflowing closets throughout the house because the region’s fifth annual large-scale collection of materials to be reused by local nonprofits will take place on Saturday, June 18.

The Pennsylvania Resources Council’s annual “ReuseFest” – a one-of-a-kind drop-off event for materials destined for reuse by numerous local nonprofit organizations – will accept a wide variety of materials including bikes, medical supplies, usable building materials, clothing and household goods, gently used furniture and mattresses, baby supplies, pet supplies and much more.

PRC’s 2016 “ReuseFest” will take place on Saturday, June 18, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Jefferson Middle School in Mt. Lebanon.

“This one-of-a-kind collection event provides area residents with an opportunity to responsibly donate a variety of unwanted but still usable items to multiple local nonprofits at one convenient location,” according to PRC Regional Director Justin Stockdale. “All materials donated at ReuseFest will be reused in some fashion, whether resold, repurposed or given to those in need in our region and around the world.”

“During the past four events, PRC has collected and diverted tens of thousands of pounds of materials from local landfills,” said Mr. Stockdale. “Items donated and reused to benefit the local community have included everything from canes, crutches and wheelchairs to cat carriers, light fixtures and literally the kitchen sink.”

Nonprofits collecting materials at the 2016 event will include Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center, Catholic Charities, Construction Junction, Free Ride, Global Links, Goodwill and Off the Floor Pittsburgh.

Catholic Charities representatives will be on site at ReuseFest to collect baby supplies (diaper bags, collapsible strollers, portable playpens, high chairs), bedding & bath supplies (blankets, comforters, twin/full sheet sets, shower curtains/rods/hooks, bath towels) and kitchen supplies (sets of dishes/glassware/silverware, pots and pans, mixing bowls, cookie sheets, kitchen towels, utensils).

For a complete list of acceptable items and links to organizations participating in ReuseFest 2016 presented by UPMC, visit the Pennsylvania Resources Council website at http://www.prc.org/reuse or call 412-773-7161.

 

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