Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation has opened a reuse store on Central Whidbey.
The building and reclamation center, dubbed Barc Re-tail, aims at capturing construction and building materials from the waste stream.
It is operated by the nonprofit animal shelter, known as WAIF, in collaboration with Island County Solid Waste.
“We’re making a little bit for the animals and saving some from the landfill,” said Bobby Bryant, store supervisor.
The store is located at the solid waste complex in the pole building just before the weigh scales. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
The animal shelter was awarded the contract to open the reuse store in January. Solid Waste officials were looking for a way to reduce the county’s trash and recover certain recyclables, specifically building materials.
“This is inspired by the reusable items we see in the waste stream every day,” said Jerry Mingo, recycle and hazardous waste coordinator for solid waste.