Thursday, 28 January 2016

January Reuse-It Item: Board Games

Have you ever pulled out your favourite game, only to realize a critical piece is missing? Or maybe that well-loved board has fallen apart, and you suddenly have an excess of tiles and tokens.

Nobody could possibly want those, right?

Wrong! Here at the Reuse Centre, we take complete board games, but we also accept all kinds of spare chips, game boards, and cards. This month, our bloggers have put together some of their favourite ideas for reusing those extra bits and pieces.


Here is a great way to repurpose an old metal Chinese checker board piece into a clock. You may find parts for the hands online or at watch shops. This would surely make a unique conversation piece for your home.

See the tutorial at Light & Spoon.
Image source: Light & Spoon

Do the scattered pieces of old, unused board games litter your house? Do they lurk under couches and in corners, waiting for the chance to find their way under your feet so that they can have one last glorious moment of triumph as you limp away in pain?

Never fear, here is a wonderful tutorial from Living Like the Kings on how to re-purpose those pesky pieces into something a tad less dangerous for your unsuspecting feet. The best part? You can do this with any old board game pieces –  monopoly, clue, scrabble –  the sky is the limit!
Image source: Living Like the Kings

I saw an excellent idea for reusing old scrabble tiles: make some coasters! They're adorable, plus you get to play the game again and think of clever short words and/or phrases to put on your coasters. This is a great idea for making things like unique wedding favours or just to create a fun accessory for your table. Other than the tiles, you don't need much. All you need are some super glue, scissors, and cork or an old game board. Check out the details at Style & Elegance.

I can't wait to try this!
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These game-board shelves are genius! What a cute way to add a bit of colour and pattern to a room, without a lot of DIY effort. These would be great on any kid's wall, or as part of a household games room or family room.
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Got any great ideas for using leftover board game pieces? We want to hear about them! Share with us in the comments.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Take a Tour of the Reuse Centre!

Did you know that the Reuse Centre offers tours?

A tour of the Reuse Centre is just one of many ways that we provide an opportunity for residents to learn about the idea and benefits of reuse. Tour participants learn a bit of history about the Reuse Centre, what kinds of items are accepted, and how materials are processed by staff and volunteers. Participants might also discover some new ideas about how to start reusing items at home!

Image Credit: City of Edmonton
Who can take a tour?

We offer tours to groups of 5 or more people, ages 6 and up.

Our most common visitors are schools and summer camps, but we've also hosted seniors' groups, businesses, and many different community and social groups.

Don't have a group? We'll be offering drop in tours during our Family Day Open House on Monday, February 15th, between noon and 3pm! Visit or our Facebook page in February for more details.

When can we book a tour?

Tour bookings are 1 hour in length. They are available Tues-Fri mornings, starting at 9am (final start time for tours is 10:30am).

The tour itself takes about 30-45 minutes, and the group is welcome to shop for the remainder of their scheduled time. Tour participants shop at the regular rate of $5 for up to 50kg of items.

To learn more or to book a tour, please contact us:

CALL     780-495-9851