PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A new online network offers a way to get rid of your old stuff without overloading landfills and transfer stations — recycle it and reuse it.
Based on the concept that one person's trash is another's treasure, the worldwide ReUseIt Network is dedicated to reducing the strain on natural resources by keeping useable items in circulation.
Since many items may be discarded long before they have outlived their use, the ReUseIt Network finds new uses for unwanted items that would otherwise be thrown into the trash.
ReUseIt has formed a group in Berkshire County to connect people who have things but don't want them with people who want them but don't have them.
By visiting the Web site, www.reuseitnetwork.org, individuals can join local group forums to browse items available or post items they wish to discard. Membership is open to all who want to "recycle"; the only constraint is that everything posted must be 100 percent free. Items are not required to be in pristine condition, and in some cases can be non-working. Simply list the item that you wish to give away and wait for someone to respond.
The mission of the network is to reduce the human footprint on Earth by promoting conservation of resources and providing an opportunity for individuals and communities to take action. The online forum serves as a tool to make connections between community members who want to help each other, themselves, and their environment. ReUseIt Network groups can be found throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia, with new groups forming throughout the world.
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