Reuse is the additional use of an item after it is retired from a defined duty. Reformulation is not reuse. However, repair, cleaning, or refurbishing to maintain integrity can be done in the transition from one use to the next. When applied to products, reuse is a purely comparative term. Products with no single-use analogs are considered to be in service until discarded.

For example, a large supplier of industrial solvents designed a back-flush filter that could be reused many times. The new design replaced the single-use filters for some of their onsite equipment. Installing the back-flush filter caused an immediate reduction in waste generation, but further information about the environmental impact associated with the entire multiuse filter system is necessary to compare it to the impact of the single-use filters (Kusz 1990).

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