Reuse = pass it along
Be creative! Find new ways to use old things (a.k.a. “repurposing”). Many of the things we normally think of as recyclable or as garbage can be used again “as is” or made into a new, useful product. Reusing is better than recycling on the Zero Waste hierarchy.
Before you recycle or throw something out, ask yourself these questions:
- Is the item reusable for its original purpose?
- Could it be used for something else?
- Could someone else use it?
Consider the following tips, and these ideas for new lives for old products:
- Donate – Donating useful goods you no longer need will help charities and local thrift stores raise funds for their causes. Other donation services provide items directly to those in need.
- Bring items to the CVRD's Free Stores – Our Free Stores contain reusable items in good condition that are free for the taking.
- Sell your stuff – Local online resources make it easy to post and sell your stuff. For free! Also, some stores will buy used goods, give you credit, or trade for your item.
- Hold a garage sale – A garage sale can be an easy way to get rid of your used goods and earn some money.
- Consign your goods – Consignment shops and stores that sell through online auction houses will sell your goods for you. The stores will take a commission, but they allow you to simply drop off your items and still earn money from them.