In New York City alone, 19,000 tons of demolition and construction materials are discarded daily. That's a huge amount of garbage being added to landfills that doesn't have to be. Organizations like Build it Green! NYC salvage materials such as furniture, wood, and windows from construction sites for resale at a shop in Brooklyn.
Each of us at some point or another will come across a renovation project that provides a wonderful opportunity for salvage if you're willing to take the time to be a little green. My chance came with the recent purchase of a small cottage around the corner from Better Farm that is being totally renovated and rebuilt for year-round use.
Instead of having a crew demolish the structure for rebuild, an unbelievably wonderful group of friends joined me in a salvage project that kept almost all of the original structure from a landfill.
- 600 square feet of tongue-and-groove pine
- 200 square feet of facing stones (to be used for raising the chimney)
- three bed frames
- three double-hung, insulated windows
- 1,000 feet of electrical wiring less than 1 year old
- two antique exterior lanterns
- four interior lighting fixtures
- 1,000 pounds of scrap metal for redemption
- lamps, ceiling fans (2), and kitchen supplies for donation
- six sound-system speakers
- six 4x4 posts
- metal corrugated roofing (80 square feet)
- wood stove
- 15 feet of double-wall, insulated metal chimney pipe
- exterior walls
You can check out the full island-renovation album here.