Posted by: Mary Beth Mueller on July 29, 2021

Clean out the garage…the basement…the overflowing closets throughout the house because a regional large-scale collection of materials to be REUSED by local nonprofits will return to Erie on Saturday, September 11.

PRC’s “ReuseFest” – a one-of-a-kind drop-off event for gently used materials destined for reuse by numerous local nonprofit organizations – will accept a wide variety of materials including bedding/bath, clothing, furniture, kitchen items, medical supplies, usable building materials and more.

PRC’s 3rd annual “ReuseFest” in Erie will take place on Saturday, September 11, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the parking lot of UPMC Health Plan, 380 E. Bayfront Pkwy.

“This one-of-a-kind collection event provides area residents with an opportunity to conveniently donate a variety of unwanted but still usable items to multiple local nonprofits at one location,” according to PRC Recycling Operations Specialist Josh Schuneman.  “All materials donated at ReuseFest will be reused in some fashion, whether resold, repurposed or given to those in need in our region.”

“Since launching ReuseFest in Pittsburgh in 2012, PRC has collected and diverted tens of thousands of pounds of materials from local landfills,” said Schuneman. “To streamline the process at PRC events, we ask participants to pack all materials in their car trunks or truck beds and then stay in their vehicles while staff unloads the materials.”

Nonprofits collecting materials at the September 11 event will include Chosen International Medical Assistance, Dress for Success Erie, Erie City Mission, Greater Erie Area Habitat for Humanity and Green Scene Thrift.

GLASS RECYCLING:  PRC, in partnership with Bayfront Glass, will collect all colors of glass bottles, jars and jugs at this event.  While there is no need to separate colors of glass, please remove caps and lids before depositing in bin.

ReuseFest is sponsored by UPMC, UPMC Hamot and The Erie Community Foundation in collaboration with Erie County Recycling Program and City of Erie.

CLICK HERE for a complete list of participating organizations and materials collected.  For additional information, call the Pennsylvania Resources Council at 412-488-7490 x7.


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