Why not try your hand at the Charity Pinball Party Tournament this Thursday, February 22 at M-Brew in Ferndale. The event is being put on to help raise money for the Architectural Salvage Warehouse in Detroit.The organization helps to keep salvageable and architectural ornate materials out of area landfills.
Big Reuse employees picking up construction materials slated to be thrown away.
“Salvage warehouses should be increasing, not decreasing with what we know about climate change and knowing that building materials make up the largest portion of our material waste,” she said.She said that the company is “really proud of the work we’re doing” and made great strides in terms of diverting waste from landfills and encouraging Queens residents to channel their “inner sustainable-ist.”
Nancy Meyer finds boxes of expensive Italian tile on a shelf at Community Forklift. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)
Meyer’s part-time job eventually became a full-time mission to get the nonprofit off the ground. She negotiated with the landlord for a lower rent, cleaned up the store, created guidelines to standardize prices and designed internal structures that would make operations more efficient. Because Community Forklift couldn’t afford advertising, she launched a grass-roots marketing campaign to educate the community about environmental issues and promote the nonprofit. Community Forklift still hosts educational programs, including monthly arts festivals and DIY reuse workshops.
Plans also call for an 8,100 SF warehouse for salvaged lumber/wood, and a 600 SF pavilion. 79 parking spaces are included in the project. For those unfamiliar, Finger Lakes ReUse (FLR) is a local non-profit focusing on materials recycling and sustainability. The organization has “deconstruction crews” who take apart buildings by hand, salvaging reusable building materials (which can be up to 70% of a building) for sale at FLR’s stores on Old Elmira Road, and at the Triphammer Mall in Lansing.
ReFab Founder Eric Scharz. Photo by J.B. Forbes.
Schwarz’s experience had taught him that in an increasingly imitative world, some people hungered for an authenticity conceived in the marriage of age and use.
He founded Refab, a salvage yard in south St. Louis, in a condemned building four years ago. At the time, he had about $3,000 in his pocket and an idea for salvaging discarded building materials and turning around the lives of veterans. Today, Schwarz leases a 40,000-square-foot warehouse off Gravois Avenue and employs 14 people. His budget for 2017 is $1.2 million. That growth is partly attributable to a backlash against the uniformity produced by globalization.
The customers who frequent this two story red-brick repository of rescued material are weary of seeing the same furniture, the same sinks and the same light fixtures — all of it mass-produced on the other side of the planet. “You go into a lot of houses — and I don’t know if we coined the phrase — but they are all ‘Lowes’d up,’” said Randy Miller, who was looking for material for his coffee shop in Southern Illinois. “This is a like a candy store.”
FILE – In a Feb. 28, 2013 file photo, workers at Reclaim Detroit salvage wood that was taken from abandon homes in the city and making them useful for other projects, in Detroit. Reclaim Detroit, that gives new life to wood, doors and antique fixtures salvaged from deserted homes is getting its own revival. With no strings attached, Reclaim Detroit said it has received a $100,000 grant after a fire destroyed a workshop, tools and wood saved from more than 100 houses. (Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press via AP)
Read more here: http://www.mercedsunstar.com/news/business/article87468137.html#storylink=cpy
Reclaim Detroit operated at a large warehouse in Highland Park that was destroyed by fire in February. It hopes to open a new mill shop this summer, thanks to Open Road, which provided the largest grant. “Our ability to earn money was imperiled by the fire. … We lost a lot of antique doors and handles. We lost all of the circular saws, ladders, pickaxes. You name it, we lost it,” Dundon said. “Insurance didn’t cover all the losses. It’s extremely difficult for the insurance market to value salvage materials.”
The trashionistas were magnificent! The staging spectacular and the music unique and energizing! It is impossible to choose a favorite model. Needless to say the production was filled with great examples of reuse and recycled material magically turned into amazing costumes!
The famed event celebrates the art of turning waste materials into wearable “trashion,” showcasing the myriad ways local designers use their imaginations to transform trash into couture.
“We turn the NCRD Auditorium into our version of a New York-style runway show,” said CARTM Executive Director Karen Reddick-Yurka. “The amount of creativity on our local runway blows any New York designer out of the waste stream.”
For tickets and more information, call 503-368-7764.
Justin Keyes • The Daily Beacon: The communal studio brings Knoxville together into a creative space.
“We’ve gone from that little to no cleaning of items to slowly getting to the point where we are creating new things out of salvage,” Meadows said. “There are different people around Knoxville who have taken items and refurbished them for us.”
The collaboration with local artists doesn’t stop there. To help offset costs and to promote further community outreach, the Salvage Shop shares their new space with several local artists.
George Apfel, left, and Kevin Hayes arrange recycled art and furniture created by artisan Shawn Faulkner at the new ReUse Action store at 980 Northampton St. in the city’s Fillmore section, near the Milk-Bone factory. It’s being called Guild @ 980. Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News
“I want this place to be a service to the community,” Gainer said. “I can’t just have old expensive stuff.”
In addition to the reclaimed products, the store sells consignment antiques, as well as artwork, refinished furniture and home products made using reclaimed materials by local artists.
Gainer expects to begin filling the second floor with inventory soon, and has plans to turn the third floor into an incubator of relevant workshops – affordable space where glazers, reupholsterers and other artisans can open up shop and offer compatible services to the store’s customers.
Urban Miners, a company that salvages buildings and materials for reuse and resale is full to the ceiling with door knobs, doors, windows, hardware and an eclectic mix of other odd items. (Stephen Dunn)
“I was looking at an 1810 house that needed to come down,” he says. “Walking in there was like being transported back to a lumberyard from the Revolutionary War. It was timber-framed, with wide boards for the flooring and roof sheathing. Someone has preserved all this wood for 200 years, and it’s still good, lots of it better than you can buy today. And then someone comes along with a bulldozer and throws it all away? It drives me nuts.”
Joe DeRisi is the owner of Urban Miners, a company that salvages buildings and materials for reuse and resale. His former factory building is full to the ceiling with doors, windows, hardware and an eclectic mix of other odd items. (Stephen Dunn)
Meagan Nowicki was shopping at Habitat for Humanity’s Habitat Metro Restore on Greenfield in Detroit when a painting caught her eye. She says she thought it looked familiar and for a price tag of $12, she couldn’t pass it up.
Turns out the piece of art is worth an astonishing $900. Detroit artist, the late Max Shaye painted the piece before he died in 2004.
Whew, we moved!Our new address is 2024 N. Argyle St. Indoor wood warehouse! Bigger shop and showroom! Three bathrooms! Now, if we could just get the phones working….
Salvage Works is a lumber yard and wood shop specializing in reclaimed lumber and barn wood from deconstructed houses and barns.
In addition to our full retail yard, we have a wood shop where our skilled craftsmen build beautiful furniture and fixtures for homes, restaurants and stores.
Located in the historic North Portland neighborhood of Kenton, visit us at:
2024 N. Argyle St.
Portland, OR 97217
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“Our new contractor services program is designed to give local builders better access to CARTM, making it easy and affordable to dispose of construction and demolition (C&D) debris, and to divert valuable materials from that debris for reuse and recycling.”
“We realized in the aftermath of the China’s “green fence” last year, when the markets for recycled materials disappeared almost overnight—and are still recovering—that staying proactive and nimble to opportunity is the name of the game,” said Karen. “CARTM has a strong, dynamic board who is committed to the challenge of Leading Our Community To Zero Waste—they mean it, and I am ready to evangelize for it!”
It’s rather fitting that ReUse Depot would take residence in the historically significant building, since much of the reused building material that it sales is rich with historic resonance and durability. Before the store officially opened in September it hosted a monthly meeting of the Neighbors of Maywood Community Organization (NOMCO). Many NOMCO members, after perusing some of the store’s inventory of kitchen and bathroom fixtures, appliances and flooring material, kept saying, ‘They just don’t make stuff like this anymore.’
“Through Community Glue Workshop, we run these clinics where people can fix stuff for free,” said Bruni. By ‘stuff’, Bruni means items ranging from lamps to toasters and clothing. “I work with craftsmen and groups who need a few tools to do some really cool stuff. You can start a deconstruction company with a few hundred dollars in tools,” she said. And, she helps to make that happen.
Joel Blaschke, co-owner of Ballard Reuse, shows off a lounge chair made from salvaged fir and crafted by fellow Ballard Reuse staffer James Taylor. Blaschke is sitting atop a pile of salvaged fir.
With the new business license comes a new partnership; Ballard Reuse will be teaming up with Seattle ReCreative, a local nonprofit with a mission quite similar to Ballard Reuse, but with a focus: the arts. Fiscally sponsored by the Phinney Neighborhood Association, the group aims to have art classes and workshops for both children and adults, as well as exhibition space.
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Historic Salisbury Foundation Executive Director Brian Davis stands among a treasure trove of old doors, windows and related hardware that was salvaged out of old homes that were to be demolished. The items are stored in the 1912 Ice House on Horah Street. The HSF sells the items to building contractors, homeowners, artists or anyone who is interested in the materials. The monies raised go to benefit the foundation.
The good people at the nonprofit Architectural Salvage Warehouse of Detroit do more than save great architectural details in buildings they painstakingly deconstruct, though they’re well-known for that. According to Chris Rutherford, executive director of ASW, explains that the group’s mission also includes waste diversion: Without Rutherford and his teams, every item for sale in the warehouse would have gone in a landfill.
Losing ReNew was a blow to the local deconstruction business, Kruger said, because ReNew provided an outlet for reusing building materials — an outlet that no longer exists.
Sarsany said she and Gerber just completed writing a grant that would fund worker training in the area of deconstruction.
“This would allow us to bring on more employees and add a lot more materials in the store. At the moment we are ‘cherry picking’ and taking the materials that can be easily removed,” said Sarsany.
The company is currently scheduling partial deconstruction projects for the spring. “If you are thinking about remodeling why not let The Stock Pile do your deconstruction so your old materials can go toward improving someone else’s home,” Gerber said.
To schedule an appointment or check out the products go to www.thestockpile.org
via The Akron Legal News.
Salvage One in Chicago is filled with beautiful vintage goods that make decorating almost unnecessary.
“Building things from scrap and used materials is a whole different process than purchasing new hardware and dimensional lumber,” said Hamilton. “The people from our community who built The Refindery are flexible, creative, team players who saw the vision and made it real.”
CARTM and The Refindery are now open memorial day through labor day: Thursday – Monday, 10 am – 4 pm, labor day through memorial day: Thursday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm, closed days: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Fourth of July and are located at 34995 Necarney City Road in Manzanita. CARTM offers a unique trio of services: recycling (over 40 items for free), transfer station (trash) and resale store—The Refindery. CARTM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported by donations from the community. – See more at: http://www.cartm.org/cartm-opens-the-refindery-store/#sthash.nN1fLW15.dpuf
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Bob Lacasse, owner of Flagler County Surplus & Salvage Building Materials in Bunnell, points out a 100-year-old door he recently acquired. Lacasse said more architects and builders are incorporating salvaged and surplus materials in their projects.
“We are experiencing solid growth throughout California, particularly in the Los Angeles area so we are delighted to have Carrie on board with us,” says Lorenz Shilling, DRN president and founder. “Her hands-on experience in home remodeling and passion for reuse and recycling is a great advantage for us in being able to support the needs of our partners and reach our goals as an organization.”
REBUILDING EXCHANGE IS HIRING AN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR!
Elise Zelechowski, our current Executive Director will be stepping down later this month. We are looking to fill this position immediately.
The Rebuilding Exchange’s mission is to create a market for reclaimed building materials. We do this by diverting materials from landfills and making them accessible to the public for reuse, promoting sustainable deconstruction practices, providing education and job training programs, and creating innovative models for sustainable reuse. www.rebuildingexchange.org Rebuilding Exchange is a non-profit social enterprise and a supporting organization of the Delta institute. Founded in 2008 to address a growing need for a market-based solution to address the high quantities of demolition waste entering our landfills, Rebuilding Exchange now has an annual budget of approximately $1.2 million, 90% of which is earned income.
Reporting to the Rebuilding Exchange Board of Directors, the executive director is responsible for the overall financial and operational performance of the Rebuilding Exchange and leads the Rebuilding Exchange in the fulfillment of its mission and revenue goals, with an eye towards constantly evolving the vision. The executive director provides leadership and management of the operations and strategic growth of the Rebuilding Exchange. This includes management and development of a highly competent team of managers, financial management, strategic partnership development, fundraising, public relations, brand management, and reporting.
For a full position description, please visit http://www.idealist.org/view/job/xNsFBPTdx32D/
The full announcement about the transition can be found here.
You know when something is so beautiful it hurts?
That is how I felt when I first saw the Japanese Forest House on Curbed. Brian Schulz’s sense of humor eased my heartache a little, but scrolling through the pictures of his beloved house brings it all back in a flash.
Treat yourself today and go see this labor of love in all it’s glory!
A couple years ago I found a neat little brass sink at the local recycle center. Enamored of shiny objects, I coveted it’s golden glow, entirely aware of the fact that I had no use for such a thing. I wandered around for an hour or so with it in my hand, looking at other stuff, relalizing that if I took it I’d have to build a home for it. I eventually brought it up to the register and started planning my house on the drive home.
Yes, I am serious, and don’t call me shirley.
With deep enough pockets a person might be able to duplicate such a structure by writing a large check to a talented builder, but that would risk missing the point entirely. Almost every piece of this tiny house was salvaged, most of it from within a ten miles of where the house sits.
“The community gives to us and we’re able to give back to the community,” Ms. Giles said. “The main purpose is stopping this landfill madness.”
In the next few months, Ms. Giles and other depot staff will assess contents of the two-story brick building, which was built in 1917 as a school and more recently has housed the Youngwood borough offices and library.
An agreement will then be drawn up to stipulate materials the television program might take away and to schedule a film date. Other objects with recyclable value will be sold at the Shop Demo Depot store.
Any contents of historic value will remain in the county, Ms. Giles said, and readers can help with that. The borough will recover a time capsule that was buried in the building during the 1999 Youngwood centennial. But there are rumors of a capsule having been buried in 1976 and another possibly in the 1950s. Anyone with information about those or other capsules, including location, may call 724-925-3660.
Reuse centers do this!
Even better, get an established program going with your local art schools and colleges.
It is of the utmost importance that these connections and partnerships are made between the materials and the users. Those that happen and are supported at the store level will be the most successful! Congratulations to ReSource for going in this direction.
Local Denver artist Katy Gevaris has a new place to exhibit her work. Gevaris, who, like many other local artists, uses reclaimed materials, can now show her work at Boulder’s ReSource Yard, on a consignment “stage.” She says working through ReSource makes it easier — and greener — to sell her work.
“I tried to open up an Etsy account and sell through that, but my pieces are big, and shipping makes it cost-prohibitive,” says Gevaris, who often uses reclaimed tiles to make mosaic table tops. “And I would rather sell it locally, anyway. That way you aren’t using fossil fuels to ship it …”
The consignment program is a change for ReSource, which since 2010 has employed a woodworker to make furniture and other items from reclaimed materials.
Steve Cavanaugh, program manager of the Center for ReSource Conservation in BoulDer, says the shift is part of a transition from making items to teaching others how to use the reclaimed materials from ReSource for their own projects.
“We’re gearing more toward the educational standpoint in helping people do it on their own,” he says. “It’s one thing for us to build furniture out of reclaimed materials, but another to teach people to do it themselves.”
Community Forklift in Edmonston is partnering with Prince George’s County organizations to host “Upcycle Your Life,” a free event designed to lift up the community.
Free resources and workshops will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the nonprofit thrift store, located on 4671 Tanglewood Drive.
The various free programs at the event include food distribution, health screenings and a workshop on affordable housing.
BRATTLEBORO — The former home of Renew Building Materials and Salvage Inc. is up for tax sale, with town records showing more than $17,000 in past-due taxes.
The company’s headquarters at 16 Town Crier Drive is scheduled for public auction at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 in the Selectboard meeting room at the Brattleboro Municipal Center, 230 Main St.
Renew, a nonprofit that salvaged and resold building materials, was founded in 2005 and used a USDA Rural Development loan of more than $1 million to purchase the Town Crier Drive property, which is situated off Putney Road.
But Renew fell on hard times that were in part attributed to a stagnant economy and a slowdown in the construction business.
In a June Facebook post, Renew administrators asked for community support and said “years of economic distress have weakened our capacity.”
The following month, Renew closed its doors. At the time, a member of the board said administrators were “looking for the most-responsible way to dissolve the business.”
CARTM is by far one of the spunkiest reuse centers.
Located on the Oregon Coast this reuse center came into existence through the community collaboration and need. Once a transfer station, the residents of Manzanita, Oregon started swapping out used materials for less used. They organized it, added a recycling area and called it CARTM. One only has to live in a small rural town or an island, to understand resource scarcity. These folks took it upon themselves to use local resources to the fullest, reusing and re-purposing as much as possible. And having a great time doing it!
CARTM’s annual Trashion Show and Upcycle Party, once again, delighted audience members with 22 “trashionistas” donning attire made out of… well, trash and other recyclable materials.
The hour-long Saturday evening show at the North County Recreation District auditorium got off to a rousing start with entertainment provided by the Tsunami Drummers. Master of ceremonies “Trashionista” Aina Tonjes, decked out in her trashiest best, was at the top of her game, as were those who joined the fun.
The Trashion Show and Upcycle Party, held afterwards in the NCRD gym above the auditorium, is an annual fundraiser for CARTM Recycling Center near Manzanita.
Susan Zambonin, executive director of Habitat for Humanity P.E.I., said that the only reason the store was allowed to stay open as long as it did was because it was the organization’s major footprint in the community.
“It’s actually better for us financially that it not be there, because it’s taking away from our building program. But it did have value in that it kept our name out in front of the community,” she said.
By Randolph T. Holhut/The Commons
BRATTLEBORO—The man who helped create the deconstruction industry in southern Vermont is getting ready for the next incarnation of his passion.
Erich Kruger of West Dummerston, the founder of ReNew Building Materials & Salvage in 2005, helped popularize the idea of keeping building materials out of landfills and reusing them for other projects.
ReNew, a nonprofit, had a dual mission: recycling building materials and providing local jobs under its building deconstruction program. It closed the doors to its retail store last month.
But Kruger said last week that the concept of building deconstruction and salvage lives on even as ReNew struggles to reinvent itself. He hopes to start up an employee-owned cooperative called Deconstruction Works, which will pick up where ReNew left off.
Read the entire article via Welcome to THE COMMONS — News and Views for Windham County, Vermont.
The ReUse centre will provide quality, good value products for the community and will keep money in the local economy.
Minister Durkan hailed the project as a win-win for Derry.
“The ReUse Centre will deliver three major benefits to Derry, improving the environment, improving the local economy and improving the employment opportunities for young people,” he said.
“This facility will keep items out of landfill, assisting Derry’s drive to be a sustainable city. The resultant diversion of 500 tonnes of waste per year from landfill will help recycling and climate change targets.”
He continued: “The estimated £50,000 per year in landfill cost savings can now be invested in more worthwhile activities by the council rather than being buried in the ground.
“The refurbishment of items provides novel opportunities and skills to help our young people find jobs. What I and DOE are about is a better environment and a stronger economy and this will help towards that goal.”
DSD Minister McCausland congratulated Joe Brolly, Manager of 4Rs Social Enterprise Project on the project securing its first contract from Council.
The two-story, 58,000-square-foot Stockton Street warehouse was built in 1927. The Murphys bought it from a trust in April for $365,000. Its 2012 taxable value was $228,900
The Murphys hope to open for business in October …
They intend to sell at discount prices to contractors, interior decorators and the general public, as well as online. The website, under construction, is EcoRelics.com.
They envision employing 12-20 people.
Michael Murphy said Eco Relics will be the largest architectural salvage company in a five-state area.
“Eco Relics has already saved a huge amount of material from going into landfills,” he said.
He said an estimated 25 to 40 percent of materials at landfills are construction and renovation waste and demolition debris.
Eco Relics will cut back on that and also create jobs.
“There is a huge job potential for relatively unskilled labor to take part in deconstruction,” he said.
“When you’re in the zone, when you’re out working, even if there’s something that’s perfectly good, you just want to get the job done, and you throw it away,” he said.
Now he’s come up with a way to address what he sees as a serious waste of resources, by integrating his construction expertise and his environmental focus. He’s currently laying the groundwork for a new business, Alaska ReUse, a repurposing store and deconstruction service provider. He plans to open on Shaune Drive in Lemon Creek later this summer. The new business will take usable waste and project overflow from building contractors and others, providing them with a green alternative to the landfill, while offering builders and homeowners a place to acquire materials and supplies.
Donig, a specialty contractor and owner of Authentic Woodworking, said the construction companies he’s talked to so far have been very enthusiastic.
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.
Stan Zaborski and Sandy Balla’s collection of items fills their Zaborski Emporium in Kingston. The architectural salvage collection, including 2,000 doors, hundreds of toilets and sinks and many vintage pieces, has gained some notoriety. Filmmakers from as far away as Australia have relied on it for authentic set pieces.
Read the article via Kingston shop a lifetime collection | recordonline.com.
The El Cerrito Recycling Center – which features recycled rain water, solar power and construction from reused materials – has been certified as LEED Platinum, the highest rating for environmental friendliness rating, the city announced Tuesday.
Go read about it via Highest Green Rating for Recycling Center – El Cerrito, CA Patch.
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Behind some of the latest waste-reduction strategies from the Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Environmental Conservation is a simple idea: Garbage that used to be thrown away or recycled can be turned into a commodity.
To that end, the Town of New Paltz recently opened its ReUse Center at the town transfer station and former landfill site at the end of Clearwater Drive.
The brand-new warehouse holds all kinds of materials — from windows and fabric swatches to doors and tissue paper — that can be purchased at pennies on the dollar.
“Really, there is no such thing as garbage,” New Paltz recycling coordinator Laura Petit said.
Read the rest of the article via New Paltz leads way on recycling | The Poughkeepsie Journal | poughkeepsiejournal.com.
Board chairman LaVon Ediger was given the title for 2012, allowing the ReUse It Center to receive $1,000 from the Foundation.
The ReUse It Center began with an inspiration to start a nonprofit business that would receive building material donations, sell the products, and give the proceeds to local and global charities. Ediger began formation of the center in May 2010 with a group from the First Mennonite Church of McPherson and opened the building at 1060 W. Kansas about a year later.
“He had the inspiration, a trusting creative intuition, good management skills, an ability to assess prospects of success, skill to find highly qualified volunteers, and a need to achieve goals,” his nomination form says. “His success has come from balancing his intuition with caution and being a very careful steward of time, volunteer help and financial resources.”
Once the award was announced, Ediger insisted his board members join him at the front of the room for equal recognition.
“To get a warm fire going, it first takes a spark to ignite,” he said after thanking the Foundation for its work in the community. “Then a fuel and a flame to provide warmth in a warm, cozy fire. I suppose I may have been the spark to initiate the fire of the ReUse It Center, but, and let me be very clear on this, the board of the ReUse It Center has been the fuel and the energy of this endeavor in this community.
I think maybe he is talking to me here…
The warehouse accepts and re-sells everything from two-by-fours to washing machines.
“Repurposing and reusing is always more exciting and better than recycling,” Riepen said. “So its a good time for you to go through your garage. If you have a couple two-by-fours that have been sitting in the back of the garage to wait for a project, now is the time to get rid of them, because you arent doing the project anyway. You might as well bring them here.”
To celebrate America Recycles Day this Thursday, Nov. 15, Recycle Utah is holding an open house from 9 to 11 a.m. at their building materials reuse store, located at 1951 Woodbine Way in Park City.
Lifecycle Building Center is also proud of the tons of free materials it has provided to nonprofits. As Adam Deck put it, “We play match-maker whenever we can.” One recent match involved WonderRoot, an art and social action non-profit and an antique dealer. WonderRoot called looking for panels to display art. An antique dealer wanted to donate 200 sheets of plywood. Thanks to the “match-maker,” WonderRoot received a $1,400 in-kind donation, the dealer received a tax deduction, and 5 tons of debris stayed out of a Georgia landfill. Lifecycle Building Center also brokered the donation of a $250,000 conveyor system to Atlanta Community Food Bank from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
Community outreach, with an emphasis on resource efficiency and green building, is next on the horizon. This will include monthly hands-on trainings, such as how to make HVAC systems more energy efficient, and a staffed kiosk to provide one-to-one technical assistance.
Lifecycle Building Center still needs additional investment now to fully implement their business plan. With targeted staff and capital like a box truck and fork lift, this nonprofit plans on being self-supported from fees and retail sales, three to five years from now.
New Paltz opens its town reuse building
NEW PALTZ – The New Paltz Town ReUse building was officially opened for business on Wednesday, providing a one-stop location for the municipality to collect recyclables and offer them for reuse.
Town Recycling Coordinator Laura Petit said the town has a good track record of reuse with a wide variety of items.
“We get materials in like leftover shingles, we’ll get left over insulation, a lot of art supplies and if there are any local businesses that are relocating or if it is an item that is obsolete or isn’t quite in with the new spring or fall color scheme, then we get those materials donated to us as well,” she said.
The town project is subsidized by the State DEC, Petit said.
The town has dropped its waste stream by 15 percent between 2011 and 2010 and would like to drop it by another 25 percent. The town, as a zero waste community, would like to get its EPA zero waste initiative up to 95 per its waste diversion and recycling.
Bradley Guy & Benjamin Holsinger teach at The Catholic University of America in the School of Architecture and Planning. They have been working on the Life Cycle Assessment Methods for Building Materials Recovery and Reuse.
They measured the carbon footprint of building material reuse. They focused their study on Community Forklift a reuse center in Edmonton, Maryland.
The above slide shows the CO2 emissions created and reduced by Community Forklift operations.
Because according to this chart, your reuse center could have an entirely new source of income potential in selling carbon off-sets.
-Sara Badiali RA Posting Editor
As our community recycles more and throws away less, CARTM’s board of directors is continually looking for new ways to raise money to offset loss of trash revenue. Creative fundraisers are one of the ways the board keeps the dynamic spirit and CARTM’s zero waste message sparking in the community while the work goes on at the main facility.
The latest fundraiser is a “Re-Think” Raffle currently underway at CARTM, featuring three eco-friendly prizes: First Prize: an all-electric golf cart (now street legal in Manzanita) valued at $1500, Second Prize: a full-share from Re-Evolution Gardens Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), valued at $800, and Third Prize: a home composter valued at $45. The odds are great as only 450 tickets will be sold and can be purchased at CARTM for $15 each or three for $40. The drawing will be held at the final fundraising event for the year—The Trashion Show & Upcycle Party on Saturday, October 13, 2012 in Nehalem.
“With the rise in popularity of the golf-cart as an eco-transportation solution in Manzanita, we’re happy to be a part of that trend,” said Jan Hamilton, CARTM’s Executive Director. “Imagine six hours of driving on a single charge—that’s a lot of trips to the post office, grocery store, library and other local errands.”
“We’ve dubbed this great little vehicle the “eco-cart,” which comes equipped with a full cover making it usable year-round,” said Hamilton. “For those who don’t live in Manzanita, we’re also offering a full-share CSA which also fits nicely with our zero waste mission. Buying organic and local is the way to go with produce!”
Save the October 13 date for the popular Trashion Show aspect of the famed Trash Bash. The show will be held in the NCRD auditorium complete with runway and featuring 24 models sporting fabulous fashions created with recycled materials. Tickets go on sale September 10 for the event which includes an Upcycle Party where guests will be able to mingle with the models, enjoy tasty foods and beverages, music and, as typical with all CARTM events, be treated to some surprises.
For more information about the “Re-think” raffle or the Trashion Show & Upcycle party call 503-368-7764.
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