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OUR MISSION

Big Reuse advances New York City’s sustainable urban environment through circular economy programs that divert waste to our landfills and reduce greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere.

We pursue our mission through reuse and transformation. The Big Reuse Center takes in tens of thousands of donated items that are resold and kept in use by thousands of new owners, keeping them out of the landfill. Through the NYC Compost Project and Curbside Composting Outreach we help New Yorkers sustain city-wide composting programs that collect food scraps and turn them into compost used to enrich soil across NYC and strengthen our green infrastructure against climate change.

History

Big Reuse grew out of Justin Green’s experience as the Salvaged and Surplus Building Materials Program Manager at Build It Green! NYC, an innovative nonprofit located in Queens diverting construction and deconstruction salvaged materials from the landfill through re-sale. Justin worked there from 2005 until 2015 when he spun off the program and launched it as an independent nonprofit, Big Reuse.

As a nonprofit committed to fighting climate change through waste diversion Big Reuse’s programming centers on its Brooklyn-based thrift store, Big Reuse Center, a circular economy initiative in operation since 2015, and its two composting programs in partnership with the Department of Sanitation: the NYC Compost Project Hosted by Big Reuse, begun in 2010 at Build It Green! NYC, and Curbside Composting Outreach launched in 2017.

As a social enterprise, Big Reuse Center provides a base of operations for the NYC Compost Project Hosted by Big Reuse and Curbside Composting Outreach. Both of these programs are supporting and helping New York City create and sustain a city-wide compost program that keeps organic food waste out of the landfill, significantly reducing the emissions of methane gas they would otherwise produce rotting there. And, by transforming these food scraps into compost, we are creating a soil amendment that nourishes our soil, helps it retain moisture, and strengthens our green infrastructure against climate change.

Board of Trustees and Senior Staff

Board of Trustees

Kate Grossman - President
VP, Knoll

Noah Leff - Treasurer
Interim Chief Finance and Administration Officer, Overbrook Foundation

Christine A. Coletta - Secretary
Partner, Hirschen Singer & Epstein LLP

Elizabeth Aceituno
Sustainable Finance Specialist,  World Wildlife Fund

Althea Erickson
Director, Rustle Lab

Little Wing Lee
Designer, Little Wing Lee Studio

Josh Treuhaft
Sr Manager, Rivian

Justin Green
Exec Dir, Big Reuse, ex officio

Senior Staff

Justin Green
Executive Director

Diana Stinehour
Finance Director

Mary-Elizabeth Mitchell
Director of Development

Devin Reitsma
Project Manager -  NYC Compost Project

Sarah Woodruff
Project Manager - Curbside Compost Outreach

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