ReuseFest Goes to Erie in September!

Posted by: Sarah Shea on August 14, 2019

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 take place on Saturday, September 7, in Erie.

The Pennsylvania Resources Council’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, office supplies, pet supplies, usable building materials and more.

PRC’s “ReuseFest” will take place on Saturday, September 7, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the parking lot of UPMC Health Plan, 380 E. Bayfront Pkwy., Erie.

“This one-of-a-kind collection event provides area residents with an opportunity to responsibly donate a variety of unwanted but still usable items to multiple local nonprofits at one convenient location,” according to PRC Managing Director Justin Stockdale.  “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 Stockdale.  “Items donated and reused to benefit the local community have included everything from canes, crutches and wheelchairs to cat carriers, light fixtures and literally the kitchen sink.”

Nonprofits collecting materials at the September 7 event will include Chosen International Medical Assistance, Dress for Success Erie, Erie City Mission, Embracing Our Veterans, Greater Erie Area Habitat for Humanity, Green Scene Thrift, Goodwill, Mercy Center for Women and The ANNA Shelter.

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

For a complete list of participating organizations and materials collected, visit  For additional information, call the Pennsylvania Resources Council at 412-773-7156 or Erie County Department of Planning at 814-451-7326.


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