Category Archives: Building Materials

What is Made from Recycled Carpet?

CARPET LANDFILL ELIMINATION AND RECYCLING (CLEAR) In the Midwest and Northeast, an easy option for home carpet and pad recycling is CLEAR (Carpet Landfill Elimination and Recycling) – CLEAR has assembled a long list of retail partners to divert carpet from … Continue reading

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Solutions and Statistics on Carpet in Landfill

WHERE CAN I RECYCLE CARPET? Since construction & demolition waste takes up 25% – 30% of area landfill space, it’s important to repurpose your demolished materials.   Approximately 3.5 billion pounds of carpet are put in U.S. landfills every year!  In … Continue reading

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Reuse Building Materials

BUILDING MATERIALS REUSE ASSOCIATION At BMRA, their mission is to facilitate building deconstruction and reuse of recovered materials from buildings. Search by state on the BMRA website to find local restores and material recycling information in your area. http://www.bmra.org/ RECYCLER’S … Continue reading

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Shop ReStore for Great Deals

Have you shopped at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore? These retail outlets carry quality used and surplus (that’s new) building materials at a fraction of the cost. On any given day you can find doors, windows, lighting and electrical supplies, … Continue reading

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Scrap Old Extension Cords

DID YOU KNOW? Broken extension cords can be recycled at area Best Buy stores in their electronic recycling kiosk. To take recycling one step further, you can strip off the outer casing and get down to the metal wires inside and take … Continue reading

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Common objects repurposed at local art studio

You just never know what common items you have around the house that can be repurposed into beautiful new items!  Concord, NC native Jessica Garmon opened a recycling art studio recently, naming it “Trashed”.  Her creative ideas are inspiring others … Continue reading

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Beauty found in common recycled glass

Recycle all your glass household items, dishes, vases, glasses, and ceramics…knowing that they may go on to serve a beautiful re-purpose, such as this post-consumer, recycled glass tile. Look at other recycled glass products at the Natural Spaces website for … Continue reading

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Anything made with steel can be easily recycled

STEEL RECYCLING INSTITUTE  Steel is North America’s most recycled material.  Combine all the paper, plastic, aluminum and glass that we recycle, you still won’t add up to the steel that gets recycled! Steel scrap is an essential raw material in … Continue reading

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Support environmental education with donated building materials

BUILD IT GREEN! Build It Green (BIG) takes your unwanted and good condition building materials, wood, doors, appliances, plumbing fixtures and windows, and offer them at discounted prices for resale. In 2008, they kept 450 tons of materials out of … Continue reading

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Tools and materials needed to help volunteers repair homes

FAITH WORKS COALITION Faith Works Coalition is working to eliminate substandard living conditions and accepts used tools and building materials. Faith Works Coalition works in the Virginia Beach area, repairing homes for elderly, disabled, disadvantaged and low income working families. They … Continue reading

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