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Reduce reuse recycle, repeat

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By Vanessa Hurst

The old adage one man’s trash is another man’s treasure is certainly true in the case of Renaissance Repeats. Jill Gray, solid waste coordinator for LaRue County, has seen many things come through the Recycling Center that were still functional or could be reused.

Jill Gray has been the solid waste coordinator in LaRue County for twelve years, the passion for her job is evident in her dedication. “My love for recycling came from my mother,” said Gray, “My parents were a product of the Depression where you didn’t throw things away, you found new uses for them until they were completely worn out. Recycling has always been a part of my life.”

Gray started as Solid Waste Coordinator for LaRue county with a mission, “I want to put this county on the map for being clean and active in recycling; I want the people of this county to own the environmental wherewithal.”

“I have seen substantial decrease in county landfill tonnage. When I started here there were 50 tons being processed yearly at Renaissance Recycling; now we process 500 tons.”

Gray started collecting things that came through the recycling center and would display the items. “I would see unique items or road signs and display them at the recycling center on the walls,” said Gray, “People would come in and ask if it was for sale so I’d sell it to them and the proceeds would go back in to the solid waste program.”

This led Gray to an idea “I thought about opening a store for these items. There were plenty of them. The ladies of Hodgenville Women’s Club were gracious enough to offer a space in their building on the Square.”

“Some of the things that would survive being thrown through the window at the recycling center were just miraculous; to me it was almost as if it was meant to have a new life and another purpose.”

Since opening Gray has received many different items, not only through the recycling center, but through donations as well. “I’ve had many people donate items from pictures, glass wear, furniture and even handmade wood crafts.”

At Renaissance Repeats you will find all sorts of items from vintage dining room tables to holiday cookie tins. They also have reusable gift bags, packing peanuts, crushed glass, road signs proceeds from which go back into the county road department.

“You never know what you will find when you come in here; there’s always something different.” said Gray.

Renaissance Repeats will have their last public opening for 2015 on November 14 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.. After that they will be open by appointment only until after January 1, 2016.

They are located on the Square in the Hodgenville Woman’s Club building on ground level next to the B.R. Young Masonic Lodge. Their phone number is 270-234-6619.