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Spring Clean Your Attic at This Reuse Festival

Just in time for Earth Day, local organizations are giving you the opportunity to recycle, learn about sustainability and get rid of unwanted stuff at home.


Is the thought of cleaning your attic this spring filling you with dread? Pennsylvania Resource Council (PRC) and Communitopia can take some of that clutter off your hands.

From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 — just two days before Earth Day — the third FutureFest will be hosted at Buhl Park on the North Side. FutureFest was designed as a way to promote sustainability and show Pittsburghers how they can help clean up the environment.

The festival, which is sponsored by UPMC, was created by grassroots environmental organization Communitopia to offer a “glimpse of the world of tomorrow” through activities like art and science demonstrations, performances and hands-on learning activities, according to their website. All ages are welcome to attend.

The seventh annual ReuseFest will join forces with FutureFest this year, an event typically hosted by PRC. This is the first time PRC and Communitopia have partnered to combine these two festivals.

People can donate gently used items in working condition at ReuseFest — a perfect way to clean out your basement or garage before summer arrives.

All donations will go to local nonprofits — including Dress for Success Pittsburgh, Free Ride Pittsburgh and many others — that will repurpose the donations.

PRC has been hosting events where people can drop off hard-to-recycle objects since 2003 — unlike PRC’s previous recycling events, however, they’re unable to accept any electronics at ReuseFest, according to Communitopia Board President Eser Yilmaz. A full list of items that can be donated can be found on PRC’s website.

If you’re still looking for somewhere to get rid of that old TV taking up space in your attic, however, PRC will be hosting a Hard To Recycle Collection on May 11 at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, as well as five others throughout the year.

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