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Reuse - How Can Items Be Reused?

One person’s garbage may be another person’s treasure. Before you throw something out, think about if you or someone else may be able to reuse it.

Here you'll find a variety of local ideas for how to reuse various materials including clothing, books, furniture and more.

You can also donate gently used items to local charities, and books to libraries, senior centers and hospitals. Vehicles can be donated to the Wheels for Wishes donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley, Veteran Car DonationsGive2Kids, and Breast Cancer Car Donations.

Repair is often another function of reuse operations when durable goods need only minimal repair to be fully functioning again.


Right here in the Hudson Valley you can find great deals on used items through thrift, consignment shops and second hand retailers. A thrift shop is run by a Not For Profit organization to raise money to fund their charitable causes. A consignment shop accepts merchandise on a consignment basis, paying the owners of the merchandise a percentage when the items are sold.

There are also online sources to find or sell items for reuse:

These sources provide countless items, some free, some not. You can narrow your search for items to specific areas, such as the Dutchess County area.

You can also donate gently used items to local charities, and books to libraries, senior centers and hospitals. Vehicles can be donated to the Wheels for Wishes donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley, Veteran Car Donations, Give2Kids, and Breast Cancer Car Donations. The point is to try to find a way to reuse, or help someone else use, your unwanted items.

Deconstruction is another method of reuse.

Deconstruction is the selective dismantlement of building components, specifically for re-use, recycling, and waste management. The process of dismantling structures has been revived by the growing field of sustainable, green building. It differs from demolition where a site is cleared of its building by the most expedient means and materials are either landfilled or recycled. 

Deconstruction involves carefully taking apart portions of buildings or removing their contents with reuse as the primary goal. It focuses on giving the materials within a building new life once the building as a whole can no longer continue. At the end of a building’s life, demolition generates large amounts of materials that can be reused or recycled. Rather than demolish an entire building, consider “deconstructing” all or part of the structure.