The reuse industry consists of small businesses and nonprofits who face the struggle of high operational costs, unstable supply and demand, and economies of scale. Re-Use Innovation Centers are the solution to these problems. Re-Use Innovation Centers pool the resources of multiple reuse businesses into a single facility allowing them to cooperate in the creation of a local circular economy.
A variety of activities take place at Centers in order to follow salvaged material from initial arrival to value added goods. Centers consist of intake areas where material is priced and inventoried, workshops where material is transformed into value-added goods, showrooms where goods can be displayed, warehouses and lumberyards where raw material can be bought, as well as classrooms and repair spaces where skill and job training occur.
Re-Use Innovation Centers aim to encourage more reuse in communities, alleviate stresses faced by individuals in the reuse industry, stimulate cross-collaboration for value-added products, train people in useful trade skills, and create a one-stop reuse shop.