The Reuse Explorations Guide is intended to benefit a wide range of people—state, tribal, municipal, and community leaders; materials managers; economic development specialists; citizen activists; reuse businesses; charity/nonprofit representatives; and others who desire to expand reuse in their communities. The document offers particular insights for small and tribal communities; however, it is designed to assist communities of all sizes and demographics.

Some reuse strategies, including food recovery, textiles, and reuse events, are explored more thoroughly. Both food recovery and textile diversion are growing in popularity, as food scraps and textiles still comprise significant percentages of the waste stream. Reuse events deserve more consideration as they offer communities a relatively low cost way to explore and introduce reuse and its many benefits to mainstream audiences.

Noth East Recycling Council, USA


NERC is a non-profit organization that conducts research, hands-on projects, training, and outreach on issues associated with source reduction, recycling, composting, environ­mentally preferable purchasing, and decreasing the toxicity of the solid waste stream. 

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