Reuse & Repair
Don’t throw it out! Reuse or Repair it instead
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Now Introducing a 4th "R"... Repair!
By now, you are likely familiar with the 3 R’s of waste reduction: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. But do you know about the other R in waste reduction? Choosing to repair slightly broken or damaged items is just one other way to decrease the amount of trash that ends up in our landfills. Repairing items is becoming more popular with DIY shows. The County has also compiled many reuse and repair ideas on Pinterest and YouTube that give easy-to-follow instructions on how to repair many household items. It is easy to see why more people are choosing to repair their items once they know the benefits of it.
Find a local business to repair your old or broken items! To find out where to repair your slightly broken or damaged items and more, click below for a comprehensive search tool to locate a repair shop close to you.
or call 1-877-R-1-EARTH (1-877-713-2784) to speak with our bilingual (English/Spanish) hotline representatives.
You can buy, donate or sell reusable items at thrift stores or through online exchanges. Find a local thrift store at www.thethriftshopper.com or to buy, sell, or donate online, visit online pages at San Diego Craigslist, San Diego’s Freecycle group, or San Diego's Backpage. For more tips on how to reuse, click here.
CalMAX materials exchange
CalRecycle’s CalMAX program has been discontinued, however the CalMAX webpage is still active and provides links to reuse organizations and websites.