Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! A Thrift Shop mantra for sure, but just how effective are we at accomplishing this?
Sweden recently released a new tax incentive to help reduce landfill waste. Citizens can receive up to 25% towards the repair of large appliance items like washers and dryers. This incentive hopes to counter the extra cost incurred by repairing these items as well Sweden is hoping to boost their economy with jobs in the repair industry.
At the Thrift Shop, we strive to waste nothing. Of course, this is ideal, but not always attainable. As a not-for-profit, every cent we make goes directly back into our community through the funding of our services (like the food bank) and the general administrative costs generated by offering these services (like hydro, rent and salaries for staff). So, every time we dump our garbage bins it costs us money for the service which could be better spent elsewhere. This is a prime example of how necessity is the mother of invention. We have come up with a system of waste not that is very efficient but, there will always be room for more.
- Blue Bin Pickup: Most of our donations make it to our store shelves, but when they don’t we recycle what we can
- Textile Recycling Program: We have a devoted volunteer who brings all collected textiles that didn’t make it to the store to a special drop-off bin. We could not run this program without this volunteer’s commitment.
- Christian Aid: If clothes meet the criteria for the Christian Aid program we pass them on.
- Soiled bedding-for kennel use at the Humane Society kennel
- Damaged stuffed toys-for a local dog training school
- Rag Bags: We collect rag-friendly material and sell bags of uncut rags to local businesses
- Buttons: cutting buttons off recyclable clothing to package and sell
- Quilt Squares: making quilting squares of jean and cotton
- Jewellery: collecting broken jewellery to sell as beads
We always love new ideas and strive to implement them if there is the demand and the volunteer power to supply.
I feel like this has been a heavier post then usual, so to lighten it up I dare you my faithful Thrifters to comment on this post with one word. Make it a word of an item you think is not reusable to the Thrift Shop and I will dare to find a use. I will be waiting by my inbox!