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, Goodwill, Off the Floor Pittsburgh, the Animal Rescue League, Catholic Charities 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.

Contact Teresa Bradley for questions about ReuseFest call 412-773-7161.

We look forward seeing you at the event!

Materials Collected

ANIMAL ACCESSORIES Dog & cat toys, leashes, stainless steel & ceramic bowls, clean towels & blankets, and neck or boppy pillows.

BABY ITEMS Diaper bags, small/large/double collapsible strollers, bouncy chairs, sling or soft front carrier, portable playpens, playmat with toys attached, baby books, highchairs.

BEDDING & BATH ITEMS Dressers, end tables, bed frames, bed pillows, twin or full sheet sets, comforters, blankets, shower curtains, shower rods, bathroom towels, bedding.
Any upholstered items or mattresses should be free of stains, rips & pet hair.

BIKING SUPPLIES & TOOLS Bikes, bike parts, and tools in working order (i.e screw drivers, wrenches and allen keys).

GENERAL HOUSEHOLD ITEMS Gently used clothing, shoes, books, lawn and hand tools (hammers, rakes, shovels, screw drivers, chisels), sporting goods, laundry baskets, interior garbage and recycling containers, backpacks, rolling suitcase, and alarm clocks.

KITCHEN ITEMS Tables and chairs, garbage and recycling containers, set of dishes, set of glassware, kitchen utensils, and tea pots.

MEDICAL SUPPLIES Crutches, canes, walkers, Non-motorized wheelchairs, Nebulizers (no accessories unless new, in package), and scrubs (new or gently used up to XL)

SCHOOL SUPPLIES  Pens, pencils, notepads, crayons, scissors, glue, paper, paint, brushes, folders, etc

USABLE BUILDING MATERIALS 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     


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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

2016 Event Sponsor


2016 Event Recap

On Saturday June 18th, PRC held our 5th Annual ReuseFest event at Mount Lebanon’s Jefferson Middle School.  This event aims to divert material that can be reused from the landfill, by providing a variety of outlets through nonprofits and local charities.  We had almost 60 cars by dropping off a number of items. Most participants drove through more than once for a total of around 100 drop-offs! PRC would like to thank UPMC for sponsoring the event, Mount Lebanon School District for hosting and for all their assistance in preparation.

Though participation was lower than in other years, the nonprofits and charities including Global Links, Goodwill, Off the Floor, Construction Junction, Free Ride, Animal Rescue League, MERP, Catholic Charities, and Most Wanted Fine Art took in a fair amount of material for reuse that was of exceptional quality.

Goodwill: Filled over 10 Gaylord boxes of clothing, purses, shoes, household items, books, and other miscellaneous items.

Global Links:

  • 2 CPPAP/BiPAP machines
  • 8 pairs of crutches
  • 2 nebulizers
  • 238 Ibs of assorted medical supplies

Animal Rescue League:

  • 2 dog crates
  • 30 Ibs of towels and bedding
  • 3 dog bowls
  • 5 cat bowls
  • 10 lbs of cat and dog toys
  • 1 large dog neck cone

Off the Floor:

  • 5 dressers
  • 4 baby cribs
  • 6 bed frames
  • 3 table and chair kitchen sets

Catholic Charities: Received $850 worth of materials


  • 2 transport chairs
  • Bed Side Commode
  • 16” wheelchair
  • Wheeled walker
  • Folding walker
  • Bed buddie

Most Wanted Fine Art:

  • Miscellaneous tools
  • 5 tennis rackets
  • 2 skateboards
  • 1 snowboard

Free Ride:  15 Bicycles

Construction Junction:

  • 5 pallets and 1 trim cart of materials including
  • 40 wooden railroad signs
  • 5 bi-fold doors
  • 1 exterior glass door
  • Miscellaneous wooden trim and lumber
  • 6 sinks
  • Patio umbrella
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Miscellaneous tools