and Repair . . . Give It A Second Chance
Second Chance Week
is a public awareness campaign to promote reuse, repair, resale and donation
opportunities. During Second Chance Week, local governments, neighborhood
associations, businesses, educational institutions, and others work together
to hold activities geared towards giving reusable items that might otherwise
be thrown away a “second chance”. Through encouraging
the public’s support of existing reuse establishments and providing communities
with new reuse opportunities such as neighborhood yard sales and reuse
essay contests, Second Chance Week aims to help communities further realize
the many benefits of reuse while reducing waste.
Why ReUse . . .
Preventing waste has
become urgent. Landfills and incinerators create pollution while
wasting resources. Meanwhile, many parts of our communities are
deteriorating for lack of affordable goods. One way to prevent waste,
improve our towns, and increase the increase the material, educational
and occupational well-being of our citizens all at once is to take useful
products discarded by those who don’t want them and providing them to
those that do.
Reuse Ideas . .
–Hold a garage sale
to pass on reusable items.
–Set up neighborhood
tool, toy, electronics or furniture exchange.
thrift stores for items you don’t need.
–Donate home items
–Find a new in-house
use for your equipment by talking to co-workers or other departments.
–Modify items, such
as turning a broken desk into a lunch table.
–Donate used magazines
and journals to schools or libraries.
–Hold a reuse essay
or art contest.
–Have a collection
drive for used books.
your city to…
–Develop a drop off
for reusable items at the recycling center.
–Coordinate a large
item pick-up for homes and businesses.