City partners with Green Minded Gresham to reduce community waste through free event

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Green Minded Gresham and the city of Gresham partnered to host a community Clothing Swap Saturday morning, Nov. 16. In celebration of America Recycles Day, the city of Gresham and motivated, green-minded community members came together for a fun waste reduction event.

The Clothing Swap ran Saturday morning, Nov. 16, at the Gresham Library, 385 N.W. Miller Ave. The event was created by Green Minded Gresham, which is a group dedicated to reducing waste throughout the community through a series of fun activities.

The clothing swap was the centerpiece of the day. Community members brought clothes they no longer needed to trade or give to others. Any clothing not taken was given to Gresham's Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 610 N.E. 181st Ave.

"This event is a huge help to the community and allows families in need to pick up clothing and keep it out of the landfill," said Shaunna Sutcliffe, residential recycling coordinator.

In addition there was a book exchange, a table to make your own green cleaner, information on how to save money through food waste prevention, at-home ideas for reducing waste, and a recycled art table for children. About 30 people attended the event, and the plan is to continue growing in the future with more clothing swaps and other sustainable activities.

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