At the Scrap Exchange, we focus on promoting reuse. Reusing is preferable to recycling because it saves the energy that comes with having to separate and recreate raw materials and re-manufacture products. It also significantly reduces waste and pollution because it reduces the need for raw materials, saving both forests and water supplies. Finally, it extends the life cycle of a product and honors the initial energy in the creation of the original product, although it is given new life in a re-purposed state.
Our efforts toward reuse has allow us to divert over 60 tons of waste away from landfills in a calendar year.