Monday, January 12, 2009

Donating Building Materials Just Got Easier

At least in Chicagoland anyway, thanks to a new organization, the ReBuilding Exchange. Here's what they do:

The mission of the ReBuilding Exchange is to divert building materials from the waste stream and make them accessible to the public for reuse, protecting community health, creating jobs and saving resources.

They have a great list of all the materials they accept from 2x4s, to old doors and windows, to cabinets and more! Bonus: you get a donation receipt that can be a tax deduction next year.

The ReBuilding Exchange is having a grand opening on Friday, February 13th, with an open house, a live and silent auction, live music, food and drinks. Although Illinois has other locations such as the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Chicago Heights and Elgin, it's nice to see another entity promote the reuse of quality building materials right in the city. The ReBuilding Exchange is located at:

3335 West 47th Street
Chicago, IL 60632

Our garage has been a bit of a storage area for building materials taken / left over from Humphrey House that I was saving because I just couldn't see them going to waste. Now I know where to take them to give them new life when I clean out the garage next spring!

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