FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release #17-36
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
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The State of Reuse in New York City
NYC Home to 3,600+ Places that Sell, Rent or Repair Used Goods
At today’s 10th annual donateNYC conference, Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia released the NYC Reuse Sector Report, a comprehensive survey of the city’s reuse-associated businesses and organizations that includes places that sell, repair or rent used items. Giving new life to used items keeps them out of landfill and helps the city reach its goal of sending zero waste to landfill by 2030.
The report found:
The survey provides a census overview of reuse activity and works to expand the knowledge about the enterprises that contribute to product reuse and waste prevention in the City. The report includes both nonprofit and for-profit enterprises, examining reuse through a new framework encompassing all activities that encourage and promote the reuse of materials, including repair and rental services.
Read the full report at on.nyc.gov/reusereport.
“Not only does New York quite possibly have one of the largest reuse economies in the country, it also has one of the most diverse,” said Commissioner Garcia. “Reuse in the city is not just for clothing and books. From musical instruments to art supplies to building materials, there are places around the city to find nearly any kind of gently used item. We encourage all New Yorkers to take advantage of the city’s bustling second-hand and reuse marketplace.”
The report is published in conjunction with donateNYC, the Department’s group dedicated to promoting donation and reuse in New York City. Last year, donateNYC partners worked to keep more than 42,000 tons of material from landfills, including 22,000 tons of food waste. donateNYC partners also provide more than 1.4 million New Yorkers with health and social services. To find places to give or get reused materials, visit nyc.gov/donate.
About the New York City Department of SanitationThe Department of Sanitation (DSNY) keeps New York City healthy, safe and clean by collecting, recycling and disposing of waste, cleaning streets and vacant lots, and clearing snow and ice. The Department operates 59 district garages and manages a fleet of more than 2,000 rear-loading collection trucks, 450 mechanical brooms and 689 salt/sand spreaders. The Department clears litter, snow and ice from approximately 6,500 miles of City streets and removes debris from vacant lots as well as abandoned vehicles from City streets.