Friday, November 21, 2008

Finger Lakes ReUse center is now open and accepting donations.
The Green Revolution is growing in Ithaca, New York

Picture above depicting a house being broken down for its useful resources.

ReUse Center - Open House!You are invited to our new ReUse Center Open House & Ribbon Cutting, Wednesday, November 12, 2008 from 12 noon to 6 pm. The Ribbon Cutting will be at 12 noon, and there will be cookies from our neighbors at Hope's Way & Ithaca Bakery, and coffee from Ithaca Coffee Company. Come celebrate with us, and shop while you're here! We are in the Triphammer Mall, 2255 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca, NY 14850, (inside next to Joann Fabrics).

Store Hours will be Monday through Saturday, 9am to 6pm, and Noon to 5pm on Sunday, beginning the following day (Thursday).

Now Accepting Donations! The ReUse Center is now accepting clean, quality used and surplus building materials, furniture, housewares, electronics, art and school supplies, and much more. Materials must be clean, complete, and in good working condition. All donations are tax deductible. Please see our Donation Acceptance Guidelines and call (607) 257-9699 if you have something you'd like to donate.

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What's New in ReUse?A sampling of items currently at the ReUse Center includes dining sets, chairs, bookshelves, French doors, cast iron brackets, ornate radiators, lighting, dimensional lumber, and more. The ReUse Center not only offers a convenient retail outlet, but also will serve as a community-gathering place and education center where people can exchange ideas and learn skills in transforming materials for new uses.Our MissionTo enhance community, economy, and environment through reuse.VisionToday, many tons of construction and building materials, computers, electronics, household goods, textiles, furniture, and other materials unnecessarily enter landfills. Imagine instead a place where consumers find salvaged goods ready for use, where artists infuse used objects with creative new life, where youth learn to refurbish computers, where a builder finds the perfect door, where low-income residents develop workforce skills, and where all members of the community benefit from the low-cost availability of quality goods. Used materials - too often wasted - are assets with overlooked value. Finger Lakes ReUse will tap this value to benefit the community and environment by re-directing materials from the waste stream into productive new uses.

Finger Lakes ReUse will partner with existing local reuse programs to expand their capacity by providing a centrally located retail outlet with extended hours, warehouse space, and streamlined administrative support. Finger Lakes ReUse will collaborate with existing reuse programs, human service providers, trade organizations, and others to provide complementary, expanded services and consciously avoid programmatic duplication in support of our mission.

We will operate a community-oriented warehouse, shopping, and educational experience where 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 reuse is offered. Everyone in the community will be able to enjoy and partake in the services offered by Finger Lakes ReUse.

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