What do I do with…?
What building materials are wasted? It is typical for any reusable, recyclable, or compostable materials generated from remodels, renovations, or any kind of home improvement projects to end up disposed of in landfills.
Why is it a problem? Oftentimes discarded building materials are still usable, represent significant amounts of embodied energy, and likely will be replaced with new products sourced from natural resources. Construction & Demolition debris, of which building materials are a subset, account for more than twice the amount of generated municipal solid waste in the U.S., 90 percent of which originates from remodels and renovations.
Examples: cabinets, carpet, doors, flooring, lighting fixtures, lumber, plumbing fixtures, tile, windows, etc.
Consider whether your home improvement project will actually improve your well-being
True friends will love you no matter what your house looks like
Buy reclaimed materials from these locations:
New and gently-used furniture, building materials, tools and appliances
Reclaimed wood and metal
Always check their selection first to save money and take advantage of reused materials
Their inventory ranges from cabinet sets and light fixtures, to toilets and plumbing, to lumber and scrap metal and more!
Everything from plumbing and appliances, to roofing and timber
MUD has a tool library where you can borrow/rent tools for your home projects
They also have hands on learning opportunities along with other resources
These lumber companies have scrap wood “free piles” available to the public:
Pacific Steel & Recycling (Call for acceptance policy):
Appliances & Tin
Ferrous – Mild Steel, Carbon steel, Stainless Steel, Cast Iron, Wrought Iron
Non-Ferrous – Aluminum, Copper, Brass, Die Cast, Radiators, Stainless Steel, Catalytic Converters
buys some scrap metals
Bad Goat Forest Products
1301 Scott Street, Suite B
93173 Hwy 93
Arlee, MT 59821
Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Donation Center
3655 Highway 200 East
Heritage Timber Building
27341 Blixit Creek Road
1515 Wyoming St
1527 Wyoming St
Pacific Steel & Recycling
Waste Less Works
2604 Industry Way
Materials: (406) 823-0691