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Repurposed Materials

  1. 1. The City of Houston Building Materials Reuse Warehouse Bring Us Your Reusable Construction Materials! We Will Keep It Out Of Landfills And Give It To Non-Profit Organizations For Free! 9003 North Main St. Houston, TX 77022 281• 814 • 3324 houstonreuse.org reuse.warehouse@houstontx.gov Open: 8:30am-4:30pm • Tue.-Fri. + Every 2nd & 4th Saturday of Each Month • Closed: Sundays & Mondays
  2. 2. An interdepartmental team of environmental analysts with the city of Houston led by Sarah Mason, came upon a 2004 -2005 study completed by Houston-Galveston Area Council and the Houston Advanced Research Center that revealed approximately 38% (250,000 tons) of the waste stream in the Houston area to be construction and demolition (C&D) material. The team set out to see what the City could do to encourage the diversion of some of this material. Nationally, C&D Warehouses/Re-Use Stores provided common model of storage capability. Many of these were successful not only at diverting material but also at providing community development opportunities. The Reuse Warehouse was adopted by the Department of Solid Waste Management and opened in April, 2009 on surplus City of Houston property. Since that time, citizens, organizations, and companies have diverted over 1600 tons of reusable bricks, lumber, concrete, plumbing fixtures, tile, stone, cabinets, and other useful materials from area landfills. Over 350 non-profit organizations are currently reusing approx. 90% of the diverted material. In addition to diverting material from area landfills our objective is to foster and nurture a culture of reuse and augment partnerships between community stakeholders. BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES
  3. 3. WHO BRINGS MATERIAL? • Residents who clear their garages and yards • Eco-friendly junk removal companies • Construction companies • Businesses reclaiming space • Solid Waste Depositories and other City departments • Deconstruction/Reuse Organizations
  4. 4. WHO TAKES MATERIAL? Churches • Schools • Affordable Housing • Homeless Shelters • Transitional Housing • Charitable Home Repairs • Community Development Corporations and Centers • Veterans • Job Skills Training • Medical Foundations • Physical Therapy • Museums • Theaters • Cultural Institutions • Artists • Animal Shelters • Historic Preservation • Community Gardens
  5. 5. Bricks, Doors, Light Fixtures, Lumber, Plywood, Cabinets, Roofing Material, Countertops, Sinks, Showers, Drywall, Shingles, Tile, Plumbing Fixtures, Tools, Stone, Soil, Light and Heavy Gauge Steel, and more. Paint, Inefficient Appliances, Upholstered Furniture, Broken Items, Rotten Wood, Tear Off Shingles, Fluorescent Light Fixtures, Dirty Carpet, & Crumbled Up Stuff. WHAT MATERIALS DO WE ACCEPT? WHAT MATERIALS DO WE NOT ACCEPT? QUESTIONS? CALL 281-814-3324
  6. 6. HOW DOES IT BREAK DOWN?
  7. 7. HOW MUCH MATERIAL HAVE WE DIVERTED FROM LANDFILLS?
  8. 8. WHAT HAPPENS TO THIS STUFF?
  9. 9. CULTURE BUILDING: SEPARATING/COMBINING MATERIALS JOINING PEOPLE TOGETHER PARTNERING WITH OTHER REUSE FACILITIES FOSTERING DECONSTRUCTION
  10. 10. USE IT THE SAME WAY? USE IT IN A DIFFERENT WAY?
  11. 11. WHAT IS NOT GOING SO WELL?
  12. 12. DOORS CULTURED MARBLE
  13. 13. CHACO CANYON, N.M. circa 1000 A.D. HOUSTON, TEXAS, TODAY

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