Finger Lakes ReUse is a charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Ithaca, NY, that currently operates two Community ReUse Centers, expanding reuse of materials through convenience, affordability, and accessibility; creating and supporting job training opportunities and living-wage jobs; and teaching repair and reuse skills. In the course of achieving these goals, it strengthens the local economy, builds community, and protects the environment by redirecting materials from the waste stream into productive reuse.
Used materials are a Local Resource
Tons of building materials, computers, electronics, household goods, appliances, and furniture unnecessarily enter the landfill. Used materials – too often wasted – are assets with overlooked economic value. Finger Lakes ReUse taps this value to strengthen our economy, build community, and protect our environment by re-directing materials from the waste stream into productive new uses.
Finger Lakes ReUse operates a community-oriented warehouse, shopping, and educational center where the maximum reuse of materials is a priority; where safety, cleanliness, customer service, good business, education, and creativity are stressed; where living wage jobs are created and supported; where mentoring opportunities are available; and where education in the skills of repair and reuse is offered.
Their aim is for everyone in the community to enjoy and partake in the services offered by Finger Lakes ReUse and, in time, to also assist other communities in the region to develop reuse services.