NYC Center for Materials Reuse
The NYC Center for Materials Reuse manages the donateNYC Partnership, a division of NYC Department of Sanitation’s donateNYC, which serves as a trade association for New York City nonprofit organizations that accept and distribute donated items, and encourages New Yorkers to “think second-hand first.” Shaped by member organizations themselves, donateNYC’s Partnership network represents a vibrant community of nonprofit organizations that have chosen to come together to expand and promote New York City’s donations sector.
CMR runs the donateNYC Partnership’s workshops, events, annual conference, partner data collection and research. Organizations engaged in materials reuse often have limited means to track and analyze data about their reuse activities—data that can be used internally to understand and improve operations, and externally to demonstrate and promote the economic, environmental, and social benefits of their work.
To address the need for better data tracking, donateNYC, in collaboration with CMR, developed the Reuse Impact Calculator, which uses quantitative information provided by donateNYC Partners to describe the environmental impact of the reuse sector in New York City.