Reuse Store Open for Business

Madison County Solid Waste news

(Town of Lincoln, NY- July 2012)  The Madison County Department of Solid Waste has partnered with the Rescue Mission of Syracuse to open a Rescue Mission Donation Center and a Reuse Store at the Buyea Road Landfill Transfer station in the Town of Lincoln.

“This is a partnership that promotes both recycling and reuse,” said James Zecca, Solid Waste Department director.

A grand opening ceremony held July 19 was attended by about 50 people.

The Donation Center and the Reuse Store are open from 7:10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

“Every day, the number of people visiting the store increases,” said Recycling Coordinator Sharon Driscoll.

The reuse store features a large variety of household merchandise at below market prices while keeping with the effort to keep more material out of the landfill. The store fulfills the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s directive to go beyond recycling to reuse, Driscoll said.

The reuse store and the Rescue Mission’s collection center are part of the Solid Waste and Sanitation Department’s 10-year plan with the DEC.

The Rescue Mission Donation Center is right next door to the Reuse Store. Those donating items to the Rescue Mission can receive a tax receipt.

Advantages of Reuse

Reuse has certain potential advantages: Energy and raw materials savings as replacing many single use products with one reusable one reduces the number that need to be manufactured; reduced disposal needs and costs; refurbishment can bring sophisticated, sustainable, well-paid jobs to underdeveloped economies; cost savings for business and consumers as a reusable product is often cheaper than the many single use products it replaces; some older items were better handcrafted and appreciate in value.

Science proves environmental advantage: Scientific research has shown that re-using a product can reduce CO2 emissions and carbon footprint by more than 50 percent relative to the complete product life cycle. A relatively unknown effective way to reduce CO2 emissions and carbon footprint is reusing products. Often the relative carbon footprint of manufacturing and the supply chain is unknown.

Measuring the impact of reuse: There are many ways of measuring the positive environmental, economic and social impact data reuse has on our communities. These include, but are not limited to the number of tons diverted from the landfill; disposal costs (donor/seller); avoided purchase costs (recipient/buyer); value of materials donated (donor); revenues earned (donor/seller); number of jobs created or retained and the number of families/individuals/organizations assisted.

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