The Guelph Tool Library is excited to be working with Habitat for Humanity Guelph-Wellington to bring back Re:Purpose Fest, a free community recycling festival.

Re:Purpose Fest brings together a variety of community initiatives that help repair, re-home, reuse, and recycle household goods. This one day event will take place on Saturday, May 28th from 11 am to 2 pm at 104 Dawson Road. This event is made possibly by the City of Guelph, Habitat for Humanity Guelph-Wellington, and The Ontario Trillium Foundation Resilient Communities Fund. We hope you can join us at this celebration of a circular economy.

We look forward to brining you live entertainment, a free BBQ, and hands on workshops throughout the day, provided by our friends at Living Better on Less, and the Backyard Caring Program.

Category

Description

Accepted Items

Not Accepted

Bike Repair + Recycling

Michael Foley

In a startup initiative, Michael Foley is on a mission to put together a group of residents to help deliver bikes and provide bicycle repair training to marginalized communities in Guelph. Used bikes

Useable bike parts

No other materials accepted
Camping/

Outdoor Equipment

BIPOC Gear Library

BIPOC Outdoor Gear Library is a community-based lending library focused on providing access to outdoor equipment for the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) community of (so-called) Guelph and the surrounding areas. Through collaboration with partners , we are working to increase representation of BIPOC peoples engaging in outdoor recreation by reducing barriers to access, creating community, and providing resources and education. Gently used outdoor/camping/adventure gear, including:

Binoculars

Reference guidebooks

Walking poles

Hiking boots

Anti slip boot spikes

PFD lifejackets

Paddles

Bikes + Repair tools

Skates + Skating aids

Baby carriers for hiking

Slacklining equipment

Summer/Winter camping gear (including tents, sleeping pads, dry sacs, cookware)

Fishing rods and tackle

Water shoes

Snow shoes

X-Country Skiing Equipment

Heavily used/broken gear

Outdated (older than 25 years) gear even if in good condition

Sports gear (ie tennis, basketball, soccer, golf etc.…unless it’s something like hockey skates, helmets. But not like full hockey padding and stuff)

No fuel (like for camping stoves)

-Bladed items that are blunt/not sharp/rusted (only good condition axes and camp saws)

Tools (Those can go to the GTL)

Clothing other than those mentioned

Car Seat Recycling

Atmo – Generously sponsored by Cooperators

ATMO Recycling Ltd is a Canadian not for profit/social enterprise, created in 2017 by industry leader Graham Lewis. ATMO Recycling Ltd™ quickly established itself as the first and only social enterprise (Not for profit) in Canada dedicated to responsibly recycling child car safety seats in Canada. Expired or broken car seats or booster seats No other materials accepted
Cell Phones

Phone Apes

The Toronto Zoo provides 100% landfill free cell phone recycling services to individual schools, community groups, corporate environments and many other partners across Ontario.

The Toronto Zoo has provided cell phone recycling services since 2006. Our program was awarded top honors among North American zoos, aquaria and wildlife organizations in 2007 and 2009. The Toronto Zoo remains the most trusted cell phone recycler in the Greater Toronto Area & throughout Ontario.

Unwanted or broken cell phones All other e waste can be accepted at the bins provided by Habitat for Humanity
Coffee Bags and Toothbrushes

Stone Store Terracycle

The Stone Store began in the 1970’s with an eclectic group of Guelphites passionate about local, organic foods and reducing plastic.  They formed an informal buying group which soon evolved into a small volunteer-run store with open bulk bins and an “honour system” cash box.

Today, a lot has changed – but we are still an eclectic group of Guelphites committed to natural health and the environment!  Over the last half century, the store has evolved into a thriving business employing 20 people, including 3 generations of one owner’s family. Local, organic, eco-friendly & ethical sourcing have always been core values which guide our work.

Disposable coffee bags – a nominal fee of $0.10/bag will be charged to anyone dropping off coffee bags, to help cover the cost of recycling through Terracycle. 

Dental care items or packaging, including:

Empty toothpaste tubes, dental floss packaging, and used (clean) manual toothbrushes toothbrushes

No other materials accepted
Comic Books and Graphic Novels

Books for Inmates Program

We are working with the Books for Inmates Program who collect books to take to correctional institutes in Southern Ontario. The program has delivered almost 30,000 books to literacy programs and libraries at these institutions. 

Comic books and softcover graphic novels in gently used, readable condition

No other books or media can be accepted
Craft Supplies

Creation Station

THE CREATION STATION is a hub for pre-loved arts materials and an accessible space for all makers (artists, educators, facilitators, and community members). Materials in THE CREATION STATION are donated by Guelph individuals, organizations and businesses, promoting sustainable environmental practices and keeping arts materials out of landfills. These materials are recycled back into our community as free art materials for youth, community programs, and under-served community members. Being housed at Community of Hearts, THE CREATION STATION also becomes a multifaceted resource for youth and adults with developmental disabilities, providing art education, building skills and strategies for mental health and wellness, and providing opportunities to teach employable skills as part of our social enterprise program.  PAPER

PAINT (oil, acrylic, tempera) 

DRAWING MATERIALS

KNITTING SUPPLIES

LOOMING SUPPLIES

FABRICS & RIBBONS

GLUE & OTHER ADHESIVES

SCRAPBOOKING SUPPLIES

MAGAZINES

CANVAS

CLAY & PLASTER OF PARIS

CHALK

INKS & ROLLERS & STAMPS

SCISSORS

SCULPTING TOOLS

OFFICE SUPPLIES

STATIONARY

HOLIDAY CRAFTING ITEMS

PLEXI-GLASS

WOODEN PANELS

WALL PAINTS (interior or exterior)

BROKEN GLASS ITEMS 

FRAMES

CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS 

Crayons

Guelph Tool Library Crazy Crayons

Inspired by the National Crayon Recycling Program The Guelph Tool Library takes unwanted, rejected, broken crayons to a better place, where they will be recycled into new crayons and sold to fundraise for programs and other initiatives Broken wax crayons No other art supplies – art and school supplies are being collected by The Helper Bees and the Creation Station
Disposable Razors

Guelph Tool Library Terracycle

At TerraCycle, our mission is Eliminating the Idea of Waste®. Businesses, government entities, and people like you work with us globally to keep trash out of landfills or from incineration.

Through collaboration and innovation, we’ve developed the world’s first solutions in everything from recycling to reuse. In this program with Gillette, we are able to offer free recycling of disposable razors

Clean disposable razors and disposable razor blades (any brand), plastic packaging from razors and replacement blades individual/loose razor blades cannot be recycled in this program. No other personal care items are accepted. 
Electronics

Habitat for Humanity

The ReStore is a retail business selling new and gently used furniture, home decor items, appliances, kitchen cabinets, antiques, building supplies, and more.

In partnership with eCycle Solutions, our ReStores divert tons of electronic waste (e-waste) from our landfills by ensuring it is responsibly recycle

Keyboards, mice, speakers, desktop printers, fax machines, personal audio/visual systems, vehicle aftermarket audio systems, home theatres, non-cellular phones and answering machines, pagers, cameras

Cable boxes, Cords & extension cords, CD/DVD/DVR/VCR players, cell phones, Christmas lights, circuit boards, gaming consoles, microwave ovens, modems/network switches, network equipment, projectors, stereo receivers

We are not able to accept non-working fridges, freezers, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers (due to freon disposal)
Eye Glasses

Lion’s Club

The eyeglasses, sunglasses, and lenses we collect are sent to the Canadian Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centre in order to provide recycled eyewear free of charge to people in developing countries Prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses, and lenses Non-Prescription eyewear, contact lenses, or other eyewear accessories
Furniture

Habitat for Humanity

The ReStore is a retail business selling new and gently used furniture, home decor items, appliances, kitchen cabinets, antiques, building supplies, and more. Clean, solid, undamaged furniture from non-smoking homes

A full list of accepted and prohibited items can be found here

Cribs, high chairs, baby accessories, toys
Household Batteries

City of Guelph

The City of Guelph is among the leaders in Ontario municipal waste management in terms of diverting waste from disposal. By adopting circular economy frameworks, and supporting initiatives like Guelph’s RePurpose Fest, we further important progress towards zero waste goals. Household batteries only No other household hazardous waste can be accepted. Please visit the City of Guelph website for more information on waste disposal.
Mascara and Make Up Wands

Wands For Wildlife

Wands for Wildlife inspires people to help wildlife and the environment through re-purposing discarded mascara wands for use in wildlife care, art and education. ​The organization engages people in ways to support wildlife caregivers and encourages greater mindfulness of the impact from human activities, including the use of plastics, on the environment. Clean mascara wands and spoolies No other makeup brushes, applicators or packaging are accepted
Mason Jars

Urban Sugaring Project

The Urban Sugaring Project allows tree owners to work together to produce maple syrup.  Participants rent a kit (a bucket, tree tap, and instructions) for $10 (plus a $10 deposit) and return the collected sap to a central location (TBA). The sap is pooled and boiled down into syrup by volunteers and redistributed back to the participants. Participants receive a share of the finished syrup based on how much sap they contributed. Clean, empty 250ml and 500 ml mason jars No other types of glass jars can be accepted
Metal

Habitat for Humanity

The ReStore is a retail business selling new and gently used furniture, home decor items, appliances, kitchen cabinets, antiques, building supplies, and more. Scrap metal
Pet Supplies

Sea Paws Rescue

Sea Paws Rescue is a volunteer-led registered Toronto-based charity dedicated to rescuing and rehoming dogs, both locally and globally. In addition to rehoming dogs into loving homes, Sea Paws Rescue is working to tackle companion animal overpopulation through advocacy, education and supporting the work of frontline rescues Crates – wired or travel crates

Collars 

Leashes

Dog bandanas 

Dog coats/sweaters

Unopened dog/cat food or treats

Gently used dog or cat toys

Dog puzzles 

Dog bowls 

Clean towels 

Dog/cat grooming materials (brushes etc.)

Dog medication – if labelled and in original packaging. 

Opened dog food 

Dog beds/cat beds

Cat scratch posts

Litter boxes 

Soiled/destroyed dog/cat toys

Any bedding 

Soiled towels

Reusable Bags

Bag Bank – Sustainability Office

The Guelph BagBank Program is a reusable bag initiative in Guelph, Ontario aimed at reducing the use of single-use plastics in the form of plastic grocery bags.  Reusable shopping bags
School Supplies

Helper Bees

The Kitchen Bees program is an Outreach Project of The Church of the Apostles in Guelph. With the help of our volunteers, we make and provide meals for the community in need. New or gently used school supplies Broken or unusable school supplies
Sewing machines

Danby – In support of Afghan Refugee families

Danby Appliances, together with Jim Estill, the President and CEO of Danby intend to sponsor and support 50 families fleeing the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. Sewing machines and sewing machine accessories in working order  Broken sewing machines, or machines that operate on a different power current
Small Toys

Tiny Toy Co

Tiny Toy Co. is the brainchild of kindergarten teacher, teacher-librarian, and curriculum planning pro, Rebecca Saha.

We collect, corral, and curate unwanted toy “debris” to give it a second life in upcycled early learning activities. From phonemic awareness, to vocabulary building, to creative thinking, to fine motor development, to S.T.E.M. — we’re doing it with big curriculum design talent and a small environmental footprint!

Small, non-electronic toys made of hard materials smaller than the size of the average fist – this can include game pieces, toy sets, minifigures toys bigger than your fist, broken pieces of toy plastic, incomplete boxed puzzles, stuffed toys, art supplies, homemade crafts, already-completed craft or STEM kits, or household goods
Suitcases

Not Just Tourists

Not Just Tourists was founded with the purpose of getting medical supplies to those who can’t afford them. Since it’s inception 30 years ago, NJT has spread to chapters across the world, with over 10,000 suitcases and 1,000,000+ lbs of medical supplies and equipment delivered to 82 countries. Donations of full-sized suitcases (large) are extremely welcome. They should be clean, fairly light, be able to close easily, and in good condition. No other types of bags or suitcases can be accepted. 
Tools and Appliances

Guelph Tool Library

The Guelph Tool Library started as a project of Transition Guelph in 2016 and became an Incorporated Not-For-Profit Organization as of August 2019.

We provide access to a collection of tools commonly used in community agriculture and do-it-yourself construction projects for an annual membership fee ($60.00).

Gently used tools and small appliances that are in working condition. We are unable to accept broken items or gas powered tools. 
Wine Corks

Jelinek Cork

In keeping with the company’s concern for the environment, in 2005 Jelinek Cork Group became a major player in North America’s first natural wine cork recycling initiative and from there has continued keeping natural wine corks out of landfills.  Natural wine cork

Synthetic cork or other types of bottle stoppers cannot be accepted.