Deconstruction is “reverse construction” of a structure to save materials such as lumber, doors, window and light fixtures for reuse. It is a green alternative to traditional demolition. This is a result of growing environmental awareness, increasing building materials costs, and evolving local sustainability and zero waste efforts. The purpose of a deconstruction initiative is to assist residents in identifying suitable building materials and safely dismantle them by hand to maximize reusable materials that can be harvested. By deconstructing rather than demolishing, 60% – 90% of construction materials are prevented from going to landfills.
Residual construction materials are brought in by local contractors which are for sale at our ReUse Center at discounted prices. Although availability changes, you will find lumber, plywood, molding, plumbing supplies, electrical supplies, doors, windows, vanities, and many other items to complete home projects.
Materials reclaimed from deconstruction projects are processed, sorted and input into our inventory system, then priced and placed on the sales floor for sale. Statistics are tracked and the results used to improve our approach on future projects.
To get involved, please fill out the following online volunteer form, so we can match your interests to our needs. Thank you so much!