1971, a group of volunteers decided to do something about waste. A few
weeks later, BRING Recycling was born, one of many non-profit environmental
groups inspired by the first Earth Day. That first year, the fledgling
organization collected 400 tons of glass and launched the "reduce, reuse,
recycle" way of life. Recycling is now a core value in our
has always been an innovator. We launched the first conservation education
program in the schools. We collected materials that no one had recycled
before—plastic, milk cartons, e-waste—then made the leap from glass jars to
glass windows, from metal cans to stainless steel sinks. Soon our humble
quarters were overflowing with reusable materials of all kinds. Builders,
artists, fabricators, and bargain hunters combed through the piles, and over
the years, BRING became a haven for creative reusers.
2007, we moved to our new home, the Planet Improvement Center, where more and
more people are discovering how to live well without waste. The Center is
much more than a place to find great used stuff—it's a community treasure, with
art, a demonstration garden, and ever-increasing examples of green building,
creative reuse and renewable energy.
Today, BRING continues to innovate with two new
programs: RE:think Business and the BRING Home and Garden Tour, empowering businesses
and our community to reduce waste and live more sustainably.