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.

This year’s ReuseFest is set for June 13th from 9am to 1pm at UPMC Passavant just north of the City of Pittsburgh.  Check out Event Details below for event flyer.

PRC would like to thank this year’s event sponsor UPMC and host site UPMC Passavant for your support!

Have questions about ReuseFest, contact Sarah Alessio Shea or call 412.488.7490 ext. 236

2015 Event Details

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 three year over 520 households in the Southwester 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

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