Reuse Store/Donation Center to Open Soon

Buyea Road Landfill Site in Lincoln to Host Thrift Outlet

(Lincoln, Wampsville, NY – June 2012) The Madison County Department of Solid Waste and the Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse have formed a partnership that includes the operation of a reuse store and a donation center.

According to the agreement approved by the Madison County Board of Supervisors June 12, the reuse store will be open three days a week at the at the Buyea Road landfill site in Lincoln. The facility is located three miles south of the traffic light on Route 5 in Wampsville.

It is hoped that the Reuse Store and the attended donation center will be open for business by the first week in July.

The newly established Reuse Store puts a new spin on things cast off by others. The old adage, ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,’ applies to this retail outlet, said Madison County Recycling Coordinator Sharon Driscoll, who oversees the project. She said the grand opening will be announced soon with the help of area media outlets.

The Reuse Store is housed in a former three-bay garage used by the Department of Solid Waste as a maintenance building. The large green building is adjacent to the area known to many as the Buyea Road transfer station.

The donation center will be right next to the reuse store.

Emphasizing reuse is part of the Department of Solid Waste’s 10-year plan that is required by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

“The DEC wants municipalities to actively work at keeping more material out of the landfill, and reuse is now part of that plan,” said Department of Solid Waste and Sanitation Director James Zecca.

“Partnering with the Rescue Mission will allow us to reuse items that would otherwise end up in the landfill or scrap metal pile,” Driscoll said. “The new reuse store will provide low- and moderate-income families with a wide variety of products that they might not otherwise be able to afford.”

Creating a clean, well lit and welcoming store from a maintenance building that housed diesel trucks and other large equipment was an interesting task, Driscoll said.

The cement floor sloped in three locations to accommodate the drains. Diesel fumes coated the walls and ceiling with black soot that was next-to-impossible to remove, and the three overhead doors also presented a problem. The doors were not sealed tightly at the bottom, so when it rained there were big puddles in the middle of what was to be the reuse store’s retail area.

Driscoll said everyone pitched in to help clean the space. Department of Social Services mobile work crew leaders Lyle Malbouf and Doug Holdridge brought their crews up to the landfill to assist in the cleaning and repurposing of the building.

The landfill crew, transfer station attendants, Driscoll and ARC Recycling Center personnel helped gather product for the reuse store. Everyone helped to clean and fix items in need of repair. Zecca designed the signs that will hang on the building and the entrance gate, which will include language from the Rescue Mission, Inc.

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