Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, It Works!

Reduce & Reuse

ReWorks provides access to a number of programs and events within Summit County to help residents to practice the 3R’s —Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. There are a number of other resources that can help you to manage your waste in an effort to achieve Zero Waste.

Reduce waste by shopping smarter

When you go shopping you’re probably not thinking about the amount of trash that you will generate. But depending on which products you choose, that is at least partly what you're doing. By purchasing stuff that's over-packaged, disposable or of poor quality, your cash can soon end up as trash. Here are tips to help you shop smarter. +

Reduce waste by shopping smarter Details

  • Look for products that use less packaging. When manufacturers make their products with less packaging, they use less raw material. This reduces waste and costs. These extra savings can be passed along to the consumer. Buying in bulk, for example, can reduce packaging and save money.
  • Buy reusable over disposable items. Look for items that can be reused; the little things can add up. For example, you can bring your own silverware and cup to work, rather than using disposable items.
  • Maintain and repair products, like clothing, tires, and appliances, so that they won't have to be thrown out and replaced as frequently.
  • Borrow, rent, or share items that are used infrequently, like party decorations, tools, or furniture.

If you don't need it donate it

One person's trash is another person's treasure. Instead of discarding unwanted appliances, tools, or clothes, try selling or donating them. Not only will you be reducing waste, you'll be helping others. Local churches, community centers, thrift stores, schools, and nonprofit organizations may accept a variety of donated items, including used books, working electronics, and unneeded furniture. +

Where to Donate Details

Clothing/Toys Donation Centers

  • Goodwill Industries: List of Akron Locations
  • The Salvation Army Family Stores: or 1-800-SA-TRUCK
  • Haven of Rest Ministries: 175 E. Market Street, Akron, Ohio 44309 or 330.535.1563

Furniture Donation Centers