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Reuse

Reusing materials “as is” without the need for processing is an often overlooked part of the traditional three Rs approach (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) to managing waste. For businesses and institutions, there are several resources available to help make reuse happen. 

Building materials have high reuse potential. Visit the Green Resource Index and the C&D debris recycling pocket guide.

Donate food to a local food bank. Visit S.C. Food Bank Association to find a food bank near you.

Many charitable organizations accept materials such as furniture, office equipment, appliances, books, and clothing for donation and reuse. Another option is to set up an in-house “take it or leave it” area for surplus items that employees may find useful.