Experts who work in environmental organizations say more and more people are becoming interested in using previously owned items or recycling objects they no longer need.
The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality, Tucson Clean and Beautiful and the city of Tucson's Environmental Services Department say they are fielding more calls from local residents who want to find ways to keep items out of landfills.
However, experts say market conditions don't always make recycling possible. They say there need to be forces in place that can find new ways to use old products.
But they say reusing is usually easier. A desk for example, may find a new home with a few repairs or a paint job, although its core materials may not be recyclable.