Reuse centres exist for the purpose of diverting unwanted goods and other potential waste from landfill, giving away or selling items to others.  Reuse centres differ from Goodwill Stores, The Salvation Army Thrift Store, Value-Village and other similar stores in that they are owned and operated by the community or local government, with the primary purpose being waste diversion – with any profits from sales being used solely for the operation of the centre and other waste diversion activities.  Some reuse centres have specific focuses, such as art supplies, building materials or electronics – computer-focused reuse centres are called Free Geek.

Regenesis provides free assistance to those wishing to establish a reuse centre in their community.  Please get in touch with us at info@theregenesisproject.com.

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Resources:

Directory of Creative ReUse Centres

Directory of Free Geek Organizations

(Link to file: Guide to lobbying government or university officials to create a reuse centre)

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List of Reuse Centres:

CANADA

Alberta – Edmonton
City of Edmonton Reuse Centre
10004 103A Avenue
780-442-4380
http://www.edmonton.ca/for_residents/garbage_recycling/reuse-centre.aspx

Ontario – Burlington
The Reuse Centre (Burlington Reuse Environmental Group)
Unit #2 – 3335 North Service Road
905-319-0477
http://www.reusecentre.on.ca/

UNITED STATES

Michigan – Ann Arbor
Reuse Center (Recycle Ann Arbor)
2420 S. Industrial Highway
734-222-7880
http://www.recycleannarbor.org/?module=Page&sID=reuse-center

Minnesota – Minneapolis
University of Minnesota Reuse Center
883 29th Avenue SE
612-626-9152
reuse@umn.edu
http://www.facm.umn.edu/about/central-services/reuse/

Oklahoma – Ada
Chickasaw Nation Reuse Center
2205 North Broadway
580-272-5451
http://www.chickasaw.net/services/index_6024.htm