On January 23rd at MOHAI we honored those working for a more healthy and livable region, celebrating the accomplishments in our community.
RE-USE Consulting for finding sustainable alternatives to demolition.
SCRAP seeks a consultant or consulting group to assess our intake, materials processing and retail methods, documentation and level of efficiency and provide to our executive team a status report and recommendations for increasing efficiency with present and recommended resources. Priority will be given to reuse professionals with proven experience developing, maintaining and perfecting a donations-based reuse environment open to the public.
Founded in 1999, SCRAP is a local creative reuse center that was the inspiration of public school teachers who hated to throw away the leftover materials from class projects. Since its modest start 15 years ago, SCRAP has developed into a large center serving the Portland Metro area. Our mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behaviors by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community. In 2012, SCRAP processed 129 tons of donations including business pick-ups and drop-offs from individuals and businesses.
SCRAP is located at 2915 NE MLK Jr. Blvd in Portland and open 7 days a week.
For more information or a full RFP, please contact Kelley Carmichael Casey, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Louisiana, USA – Dave Bennink of Re-Use Consulting was asked by the group Core USA to travel to New Orleans in Louisiana to help manage America’s largest deconstruction crew. Over 2,700 volunteers traveled to New Orleans to help and learn about building deconstruction and salvage work, and how it could help their communities around the United States. The event was a great opportunity to promote the benefits of building material reuse operations.
Volunteers were eager to get their hands dirty, but each group first sat through an educational session and safety talk. Bennink told a hypothetical story of how unemployed workers from where they live could literally walk to work where they would deconstruct blighted inner-city structures. These structures would produce materials that could be sold to lower-income building owners that couldn’t afford new, and to historic renovation projects that couldn’t use new products.
Once this talk was over, the volunteers helped local workers to deconstruct blighted buildings surrounding a local daycare center, and the materials were made available to local groups. This project was another example of how salvage businesses are striving for the elusive win-win scenario, where the environment and social benefits are achieved at a profit. Bennink’s hope is that those 2,700+ volunteers will spread the word once they return home and potentially join the reuse movement someday soon.