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House-Part Recycling Centers

These home-improvement meccas give precious house parts a second chance

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If it's an antique marble mantel or chandelier dripping with crystals that you're after, visit an architectural salvage yard. But for less glamorous vintage items, such as bi-fold closet doors, bathroom vanities, double-hung windows, and kitchen cabinets, you're better off at a house-part recycling center. One such place is the Green Project store in New Orleans, Louisiana, where perfectly good used—and some new—building materials that might otherwise go in a landfill are sold to the general public for reuse.

These items end up at the Green Project in a few different ways: homeowners donate cast-offs from their renovation projects, contractors bring in new surplus materials from their jobsites, and sometimes people donate entire houses so they can be delicately "deconstructed" by Green Project crew members in order to salvage and resell all their usable parts. Then there's the dumpster diving. "We're shameless about picking things up," explained Reynolds, who, at that very moment, was eyeing a piece of "lovely, old subfloor" just laying on the sidewalk. "It's going in the back of my pickup," he said. And no doubt, somebody, somewhere, at some point, will have a use for it.

Here's a list of house-part thrift stores:

Building 99
Sarasota, Florida
941-358-7730
building99

Building Value
Cincinnati, OH; 513-475-6783;
buildingvalue-cincy.org
Empowers people with disabilities to become more independent by providing job training in construction and retail.

Build It Green! NYC
Astoria, NY; 718-777-0132;
bignyc.org
Funds the Community Environmental Center, which provides home and business owners with solutions for saving energy.

Gorge Rebuild-It Center
Hood River, OR; 541-387-0062;
rebuildit.org
Supports the Columbia Gorge Earth Center to promote affordable housing and ecological awareness.

If it's an antique marble mantel or chandelier dripping with crystals that you're after, visit an architectural salvage yard. But for less glamorous vintage items, such as bi-fold closet doors, bathroom vanities, double-hung windows, and kitchen cabinets, you're better off at a house-part recycling center. One such place is the Green Project store in New Orleans, Louisiana, where perfectly good used—and some new—building materials that might otherwise go in a landfill are sold to the general public for reuse.

These items end up at the Green Project in a few different ways: homeowners donate cast-offs from their renovation projects, contractors bring in new surplus materials from their jobsites, and sometimes people donate entire houses so they can be delicately "deconstructed" by Green Project crew members in order to salvage and resell all their usable parts. Then there's the dumpster diving. "We're shameless about picking things up," explained Reynolds, who, at that very moment, was eyeing a piece of "lovely, old subfloor" just laying on the sidewalk. "It's going in the back of my pickup," he said. And no doubt, somebody, somewhere, at some point, will have a use for it.

Here's a list of house-part thrift stores:

Building 99
Sarasota, Florida
941-358-7730
building99

Building Value
Cincinnati, OH; 513-475-6783;
buildingvalue-cincy.org
Empowers people with disabilities to become more independent by providing job training in construction and retail.

Build It Green! NYC
Astoria, NY; 718-777-0132;
bignyc.org
Funds the Community Environmental Center, which provides home and business owners with solutions for saving energy.

Gorge Rebuild-It Center
Hood River, OR; 541-387-0062;
rebuildit.org
Supports the Columbia Gorge Earth Center to promote affordable housing and ecological awareness.

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Green Demolitions
Greenwich, CT; 888-887-5211;
greendemolitions.org
Proceeds from its deconstruction jobs fund Recovery Unlimited, a holistic treatment program for drug addicts and their families.

The Green Project
New Orleans, LA; 504-945-0240;
thegreenproject.org
Sells discounted salvaged materials to New Orleans residents to help them restore their houses.

Habitat ReStore
Kansas City, MO; 816-231-6889;
restorekc.org
Sells donated and salvaged materials to benefit Habitat For Humanity.
(For other ReStore locations, go to habitat.org/env/restores.aspx.)

The Loading Dock
Baltimore, MD
410-558-3625
loadingdock.org

Building Materials Resource Center
Boston, MA
617-442-8917
bostonbmrc.org

The Rebuilding Center of Our United Villages
Portland, OR
503-331-1877
rebuildingcenter.org

ReSource
Boulder, CO
303-419-5418
resourceyard.org

ReStore Home Improvement Center
Springfield, Massachusetts
413-788-6900
restoreonline.org

ReHouse
Rochester, New York
585-288-3080
rehouseny.com

ReNew Building Materials & Salvage, Inc
Brattleboro, Vermont
802-246-2400
renew.brattleboro.com

Second Use
Seattle, Washington
206-763-6929
seconduse.com

Second Chance
Baltimore, MD
410-385-1101
secondchance.org

Significant Elements
Ithaca, NY
607-277-3450
significantelements.org

The Stock Pile
Canton, Ohio
330-455-4585
thestockpile.org
 
 

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