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Signs of the Times...... Creative Re-Use of Surplus Goods

<p>Nonprofit organizations are finding ways to do more with less these days because we must. But since we are also leaders in finding innovative ways to distribute goods from areas where they are in surplus to areas where they are scarce, more instances of this type of program are taking place.&nbsp; While everyone is familiar with the Feeding America / Second Harvest networks of food banks and local food pantries and distribution programs, creative recycling and redistribution programs are springing up in a variety of places.&nbsp; And for good reasons. The link between affluence and solid waste generation is very close ? as economies grow so do landfills.&nbsp; Sustainable development policies require us to take a more holistic view of waste and resources.&nbsp; Nonprofits in the Erie region are taking the lead on this by establishing programs that recycle overstock supplies, discontinued items, and seconds in creative ways:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>The <strong>Greater Erie Area Habitat for Humanity</strong> operates its ReStore at 903 Parade Street as a way of recycling surplus building materials at very low cost.&nbsp; Not only does this provide an outlet for building materials, fixtures, and appliances at a fraction of retail costs, the store offers a visible reminder of the great work done by Habitat through its building of homes ? it serves as the face of the organization in the city.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Erie ReStore accepts donations of new and gently used building materials from both businesses and individuals.&nbsp; Businesses may donate excess inventory or discontinued items while individuals may be changing the color or style of good, working appliances or have surplus materials from their own home improvement projects. Quality building items from local demolition projects can also be recycled through the store.&nbsp; Donations are tax deductible. To inquire about a possible donation, plea

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