According to the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, during the past 35 years, the
amount of waste each person creates has almost doubled from 2.7 to 4.6
pounds per day.
Reuse is the second tier of the
environmental hierarchy of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Reuse
is practiced when a product is used more than once, either for the same
purpose or for a different purpose. It is preferable to recycling in that
a product does not require reprocessing before it can be used again.
|Surplus Exchange promotes the
reuse of business equipment and furniture as a way of preventing waste and
improving the community. Business
materials donated to the organization are made available first to the
nonprofit community. These
agencies spend much less on the desks, chairs, file cabinets, computers
etc. needed for administering an organization, and save their limited
dollars for the programs and people they serve.