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We all accumulate random stuff. Two-by-fours from an abandoned project, mismatched plates and cups, ill-fitting clothes, bubble wrap; these items start to pile up in a corner of the garage and one day we want them out. But before tossing unwanted possessions in the trash, always consider the second R in the popular phrase Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Reuse is about keeping resources circulating in our communities and out of the landfill. It means selling or giving away what we don’t want, and favoring gently used or refurbished items over new.
It’s also about choosing durable items — such as stainless steel coffee mugs or reusable shopping bags — over disposables.
Reuse is easy to do both locally and online. Here’s how to get started: