FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Did you know the materials donated to the Fort Jackson Reuse Center not only reduce waste and improve the environment, but also save customers tens of thousands of dollars every year?

To celebrate those customers who donate to and requisition from the facility, as well as teaching others more about what it has to offer, the Reuse Center will be hosting its first Customer Appreciation Day Aug. 31. The event is scheduled throughout the center's regular operating hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Refreshments will be available.

"Fort Jackson is one of the few installations that manages to place its used materials back to good use through the services of a facility such as ours," says Deborah Miller, manager of the Reuse Center. "We want to show our appreciation for all of those people in the Fort Jackson community who have become customers of the Reuse Center, as well as encourage others to come out and learn more about what we do."

The main purpose of the facility is to provide a place for people to take excess or unwanted materials that are still usable instead of throwing them in the trash. The center then stocks the items in a store-like environment so customers in need of materials can easily browse what's available and pick up needed items for free.

Military personnel, family members, contractors and Department of Defense civilians are authorized to use the facility as long as the items are used on Fort Jackson. Paint is the most common product the center receives and reissues. Other items accepted include paint-related materials; adhesives; cleaners; printer cartridges; building supplies such as joint compound, sealant and adhesive; automotive materials; common cleaning supplies such as glass cleaner, furniture polish and floor wax; arts and craft supplies; and office supplies such as binders, folders, pencils and paper.

Fort Jackson personnel are required to review center inventories before procuring materials with a government credit card.

The Reuse Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information about the Aug. 31 Customer Appreciation Day or any questions about the Reuse Center, call Deborah Miller at 751-5121 or email