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RSWA Turns Trash to Treasure with Encore Shop

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The Rivanna Solid Waste Authority is turning trash into treasure. The authority has an encore shop at the Ivy transfer station in Albemarle County.

Workers are trained to see equipment and furnishings that are in reusable shape. They clean them up and resell them to people willing to pay a fair price.

"They're also trained to look for things that are reusable because you'd be amazed that some people throw away things that they may call trash may be someone else's treasure," said Tom Frederick, executive director of the RSWA.  

Frederick says it brings in about $20,000 each year from the encore shop. The money helps to offset Albemarle's cost to run the transfer station.

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