What is ReuseFest?

Started in 2012 through the generous support of the Sprout Fund and other local sponsors, ReuseFest is a one-day drop off event open to the general public that diverts materials from local landfills to reuse by Pittsburgh non-profits.

PRC collaborates with a number of local nonprofits including Construction Junction, Global Links, Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, Goodwill, Off the Floor Pittsburgh, the Animal Rescue League and more to provide the public with the opportunity to easily donate items that otherwise may have ended up in the trash. ReuseFest helped to connect these usable materials with great local non-profit organizations who found ways to give this material a second life, while benefiting those in need.

The 2016 ReuseFest will be held at Jefferson Middle School in Mt. Lebanon on June 18.

We look forward seeing you at the event!

Have questions about ReuseFest, contact Teresa Bradley or call 412.488.7490 ext. 246

2015 Event Details

ReuseFest Recap:

On Saturday June 13th, PRC held our 4th Annual ReuseFest event at UPMC Passavant.  This event which aims to divert material from the landfill by connect it with local nonprofits who focus on reuse was our largest in the events history.  We had over 203 cars come through dropping off a number of items!  PRC would like to thank UPMC for sponsoring the event, UPMC Passavant for hosting and the UPMC Passavant Green Team and Passavant Foundation for all their assistance in preparation for the event.

Combined the nonprofits including Global Links, Goodwill, Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, Off the Floor, Construction Junction and Free Ride took in over 11,950 pounds of material for reuse.

Check out the Event Slide Show HERE!

ReuseFest- FreeRide 2014




Materials Collected

Animal Acessories Including: Dog & Cat Toys, Leashes, Stainless Steel & Ceramic Bowls, Clean Towels & Blankets, Neck or Boppy pillows, and more

Art & Creativity Supplies Including: Art paint, canvas, brushes, pastels, Fabric (1 yard or more), frames of any size, Photographs, Prints, & Small Vintage Items For Repurposing

Biking Supplies & Tools: Bikes, Bike Parts, and Tools in working order-(especially screw drivers, wrenches and allen keys).

General Home Furnishings Including: Kitchen Tables and Chairs, Dressers, End Tables, Bed Frames, Cribs. Any upholstered items or mattresses should be free of stains, rips & pet hair.

Household Items Including: Gently used Clothing, Shoes, Houseware Items, Books, Lawn and hand tools (hammers, rakes, shovels, screw drivers, chisels), and Sporting Goods

Medical Supplies Including: Crutches, canes, walkers, Non-​motorized wheelchairs, Nebulizer​s (no accessories unless new, in package), and Scrubs​ (new or gently used up to XL)

School Supplies Including: Backpacks and tote bags, Pens, pencils, notepads, crayons, scissors, glue, and paper

Useable Building Materials Including: Doors, Windows, Light Fixtures, Lumber (4’+) and more.

Partner Organzations

These great local nonprofit organizations will be in attendance collecting material at ReuseFest.  To Learn more about them click on their logos!

Animal Rescue League     CJ logo 08


Free Ride logoGoodwill-SouthwesterPennsylvania



GL logo, no background  OTF_Bed_logo



Past Event Recap

Over the last four year over 720 households in the Southwestern PA Region have participated in ReuseFest and, through our partner organizations, PRC collected and diverted tens of thousands of pounds of materials from local landfills. Everything from canes, crutches and wheelchairs to usable building materials, furniture and bicycles were donated and reused to benefit the local community.

To watch some of our partner organizations discuss what they received see below!

Media Coverage

PA Resources Council Hosting ReuseFest, KDKA, Pgh Today Live

ReuseFest in Mt. Lebanon focuses on 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Tribune Review

First Ever ReuseFest Begins Saturday, Pittsburgh Today Live

ReuseFest aims to help residents reduce clutter, find new uses for unwanted item, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

2015 Event Sponsor