Recycling – in the mechanical sense of the word – has been challenging in Kanawha County for that past few years. Recycling – in the practical sense of the word – has been going strong for almost 17 years at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Let’s examine the definition of recycling and its practical applications.
Merriam-Webster’s definition of recycle:
- To make something new from something that has been used before.
- To send (used newspapers, cans, etc.) to a place where they are made into something new.
To make something new from something that has been used before.
ReStore customers are the best! Our creative shoppers are constantly turning something old and unwanted into a prized procession. Every summer we showcase customer projects during our ReDesign by ReStore contest. It really is amazing to see children’s toys made from entertainment stands, artwork made from scrap lumber, and potting benches made from antique cabinets.
To send (used newspapers, cans, etc.) to a place where they are made into something new.
15,439 gallons of leftover latex paint have been recycled at the ReStore since we began our Mix It Up Latex Paint Recycling program in 2012. A grant from the Sustainable Kanawha Valley Initiative allowed us to purchase the equipment needed to check, strain, filter, bulk blend, shake and package leftover latex paint to create a new product that is sold at the ReStore.
To use something again.
Since opening on Earth Day 2001, the ReStore has diverted over 14,170 tons of home goods, furniture and building materials from local landfills. We couldn’t do it without our many loyal donors. Individuals, businesses, churches and organizations all make tax-deductible donations to our ReStore.
Are you a ReStore donor? If so, thanks and Happy America Recycles Day! Not a ReStore donor yet? What a great time to get started.