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Share Your Trash, Build Your Community

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University of Maine
Maine SSN

Originally published as: Brie Berry, "Share Your Trash, Build Your Community," Bangor Daily News, November 5, 2019.

Nov. 15 marks the 22nd annual America Recycles Day, a day focused on educating and motivating Americans to recycle more effectively. Yet with all of the recent disruptions to recycling markets it can sometimes feel as though we are out of good options for managing our unwanted materials. If the future of recycling seems bleak, perhaps today we might turn our attention to another strategy highlighted in our solid waste management hierarchy: reuse.