Pennsylvania Resource Council announce date for annual 'Reuse Fest'

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) The Pennsylvania Resource Council (PRC) has announced their ninth annual “Reuse Fest” will take place on Oct. 17 at the North Park Swimming Pool parking lot.

PRC is urging everyone to clean out their garage, basement, or closets to find old items that might still be usable to others and will be collecting them from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The “Reuse Fest” is a one-of-a-kind event where anyone can bring gently used items from a wide variety of materials from bikes, clothing, furniture, kitchen items, medical supplies, pet supplies, office supplies, building materials and more.

PCR will collect the items and give them to local nonprofits who can find a use for the items.

“This one-of-a-kind collection event provides area residents with an opportunity to responsibly donate a variety of unwanted but still usable items to multiple local nonprofits at one convenient location,” according to Sarah Alessio Shea, PRC Collection Events Manager.  “All materials donated at ReuseFest will be reused in some fashion, whether resold, repurposed or given to those in need in our region.”

The nonprofits that will be collecting the reusable items will include Brother’s Brother Foundation, Construction Junction, Free Ride, Free Store Wilkinsburg, Goodwill of Southwestern PA, Humane Animal Rescue, Off the Floor, Reagan’s Journey, Society of St. Vincent DePaul, and the Education Partnership.

Since the firs event, PRC has collected over 10,000 pound of materials to be reused, some items have included cat carriers, wheelchairs, lightning fixtures, and kitchen sinks.

At the 2020 collection, PRC will be modifying the logistics of the event to maintain safe practices during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

All participants must place all items in their trunk or truck bed, wear a mask and stay in their vehicle, confirm details at before attending.

The Reuse Fest is sponsored by UPMC with the support of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

For a complete list of participant requirements and materials collected, visit