Friday, May 6, 2011

Reuse Rodeo Scheduled for Raleigh, Saturday May 21

The Triangle Reuse Alliance is hosting the Raleigh Reuse Rodeo in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity ReStore of Wake County! Residents can bring certain reusable materials to one location for the benefit of multiple local non-profits dedicated to reuse and waste reduction.

The event will be held on Saturday May 21, 2011 from 10am-2pm at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Wake County at 2420 Raleigh Blvd., Raleigh.

The Raleigh Reuse Rodeo is the second in a series of events that the Triangle Reuse Alliance hopes will sweep the nation! The idea is to raise awareness about the many organizations that focus on reuse while also getting useful items out of storage and out of the house so they can do some good in our community. All participating organizations will have staff and information available, and the Triangle Reuse Alliance will have a table loaded with local reuse resource information. Tax receipts will be available for all donations.

The Habitat ReStore ( will be collecting donations, including:

  - New or used structurally sound building materials
  - Flooring
  - Tiles
  - Wood
  - Large appliances

Visit their website for additional information on acceptable donations.

The Green Chair Project ( will accept:

  - Gently used upholstered furniture
  - Dressers
  - Tables and chairs

Please do not bring mattresses. The Green Chair Project helps families in the Triangle area, including those affected by the recent tornado.

The Kramden Institute ( will collect computer equipment and parts, including:

  - laptops 800 MHz and faster
  - desktop computers - 1 GHz and faster
  - LCD displays in working condition with power supplies
  - hard drives - 20 GB and larger
  - memory - 256 MB and larger
  - optical drives - CD/CDRW/DVD/DVDRW
  - USB flash (thumb) drives
  - Clean and working non-beige mice/keyboards
  - computer speakers - clean working with power supplies

Please do not bring CRT monitors.

ReTails Thrift Shop ( will be on hand collecting housewares and furniture, including:

  - Garden furniture, decorative garden pieces
  - Housewares,including tableware, cookware, decorative pieces, small appliances, cd, dvd, stereos, cassette players and radios.

The Scrap Exchange ( will be on hand accepting the following items:

  - Fabric
  - Sewing notions such as thread, needles and buttons
  - Yarn
  - Craft / Art supplies
  - Corks, bottle caps, twist ties
  - Picture frames

Wake Relief ( will collect:

  - canned goods
  - boxed macaroni and cheese
  - peanut butter

No glass containers please.

Please make sure that all items are clean, in working order, and are appropriate for reuse in our community and please limit your donations to the items requested. Volunteers will be on hand to help you unload your donations if necessary. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jessica Moore: (919) 968-2788 or email

More about the participating organizations:

The Green Chair Project ( makes furnishings available at a low cost to individuals and families referred to them by their partner agencies. Help them rebuild Raleigh and the surrounding areas affected by the tornado.

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore ( generates revenue to build new Habitat homes in Wake County and encourages all of us to be good stewards of our environment.

The Kramden Institute ( empowers hardworking, less-advantaged students by giving them home computers, allowing them to bridge the digital divide and advance their achievement, strengthening their contribution to the community. They do this by collecting, refurbishing, and reusing computers, extending their useful lives.

ReTails Thrift Shop ( uses 100% of its profits to support SpayNC Helpline 1-888-623-4936 and THE $20 FIX targeted pet spay/neuter assistance program. THE $20 FIX enables low-income pet owners to spay/neuter their pets for a co-pay of $20 or less.

The Scrap Exchange ( is the premier creative reuse center in the Triangle. Since 1991, they have been collecting industrial discards and distributing these reclaimed materials through their retail store, community events, parties and workshops.

Wake Relief ( , established in 1975, is an emergency food pantry located in the Glenwood South area of Raleigh that serves over 5,000 individuals annually. It is staffed completely by volunteers, and the operation is made possible by in-kind and monetary donations from area churches, community organizations, and individuals. Food drives are always welcome.

The Triangle Reuse Alliance is building a Triangle-wide coalition to increase awareness of reuse by educating the public about the social, environmental and economic benefits of reuse. Learn more at or

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