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Reduce, Repair, Reuse



Use Less Stuff publishes the ULS Report, aimed at spreading the benefits of source reduction

Love Food Hate Waste is a British effort to reduce food waste

Jonathan Bloom writes about why we waste food, why it matters and what we can do about it. Read his blog.

Share tips on solutions to diminishing resources at Consume Less

Consume Less. Create More. is dedicate to creating something small. Enjoy the quotes


Keep manufacturer’s instructions on how to clean and maintain appliances, tools, and consumer electronics. User manuals may provide telephone numbers for technical assistance to help you with minor repairs.

Repair classes are offered through adult or continuing education programs on a wide range of subjects such as auto repair, bicycle maintenance and PC troubleshooting. Contact your local community colleges and adult education centers for courses offered.

The Repair Clinic provides do it yourself information and hard to find parts.

How Stuff Works provides information and answers questions about home maintenance.

The Spruce Home Repair is one their guides offering information and solutions for everyday issues.

Search “home repair tips” for more online help

Keep this in mind …

When choosing a repair service for consumer electronic sets or major home appliances, keep in mind California law requires registration of all persons who repair or maintain, or who hold themselves out as repairing or maintaining, consumer electronic sets or major home appliances. If you have questions concerning a specific problem or require information regarding the law, you should contact the State Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair at (800) 952-5210.



Many items remain useful long after you replace or abandon them. Consider donating or selling them rather than tossing them into your recycling container or trashing them in a landfill. Here are some reuse options

Materials Exchanges

California Materials Exchange (CalMAX) connects businesses, organizations, manufacturers, schools, and individuals with the most effective online resources for exchanging materials. One business’ trash is another business’ treasure. By reusing materials, we conserve energy, resources, and landfill space, while reducing disposal, greenhouse gas emissions, and purchasing costs. CalRecycle no longer lists individual materials available for exchange but now links to other online options.

Freecycle is a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Local volunteers moderate each group. Membership is free.

Craigslist is a centralized network of online communities, featuring free online classified advertisements – with sections devoted to for sale items.


eBay is the largest online trading community, established as a marketplace for the sale of goods and services by individuals and small businesses is the first Internet auction site created, owned and operated by a nonprofit organization. Participating Goodwill’s from across the country offer for auction on the site a wide array of items pulled from their inventories of donated goods. Revenues from these auction sales fund Goodwill’s education, training and job placement programs for people with disabilities and other barriers.

Yard Sales

Search for “yard sale tips” on the internet, and you will find plenty of ideas like these from The Yard Sale Queen

List your yard sale on Yard Sale Search

The City of AdelantoTown of Apple Valley and City of Victorville yard and garage sale information is online.

Books, Magazines and CDs

San Bernardino County Libraries accept donated books, magazines and videos in good condition at any of branch. Donated materials become the property of the Library and may be added to the collection or sold at the Library’s discretion. Receipts acknowledging donations are available at the Library. The Library does not assign a monetary value to your donation. If you are making a large donation, please call ahead to your library.

They especially appreciate the following:

  • Fiction (hardback and paperback)
  • Current textbooks
  • Cookbooks
  • Reference Materials
  • Classic Literature
  • History and Americana
  • Children’s books
  • Rare and antique books
  • Large coffee table books
  • Audio books and DVD/videos


The Imagination Factory teaches reuse and recycling concepts through children’s art activities using recycled materials.

Make Stuff Provides ideas for using everyday materials to create arts and crafts.

The S.C.R.A.P. Gallery combines the environment and education through hands-on exploration with discarded materials. They offer arts and science workshops using locally donated materials that also are available for reuse by teachers, artists and community programs.

Design with Reuse

The Goddess of Garbage recycled materials and re-use items to create home and office furniture and accessories.


Lenscrafters accepts used eyeglasses at their stores. Lenscrafters OneSight