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Jul 25

March 2017: Spring into Reuse

Posted on July 25, 2017 at 9:31 AM by Michlynn St. John

Reuse is the 2nd of the 3 Rs. The R for when it's too late to reduce but maybe too early to recycle. It's the time for creativity and innovation. A time to rely on the resourcefulness within ourselves, our households and our community. By doing so, we have the opportunity to extend the life of a product in its original form, for as long as possible before expending the energy and resources to turn it into something else.

According to the organization We Hate To Waste, "Within products and packaging are embedded materials and energy that will go to waste if you dispose - even recycle or compost - prematurely. Don't get rid of something before its time is really up. Opt for repairing rather than replacing or get those creative juices flowing and find a new niche for an item." See some of their ideas for repair and repurpose projects.

Reuse Resource Guide Creation
Teton County possesses a wealth of reuse opportunities through businesses and organizations that offer resale, donation, repair and other services. In fact, Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling (ISWR) and several community partners are developing a Reuse Resource Guide for publication later this spring. If you are part of one of these businesses or organizations, please provide your contact information so that we can include you as a local reuse resource. Watch for an ad in the JH News and Guide mid-March with more information on how to participate.

In the meantime, before you toss an item into recycling or trash, consider ways in which it can be repaired, repurposed, resold, or otherwise reused - and tell us about it! Send an email. Need more inspiration? Try these: