Benefits of Deconstruction
70% - 90% of materials diverted from local landfills
Salvaged materials are tax deductible
Creation of local green-collar jobs
Reduced environmental impact
Preserving valuable resources
Deconstruction is a green alternative to traditional
demolition. This is a result of growing environmental awareness,
increasing building materials costs, and evolving legislation.
The purpose of our Deconstruction Services program is to identify
suitable buildings for deconstruction, safely dismantle them by
hand to harvest maximum materials, and then sell the materials
through our existing ReUse Center at discounted prices. By
utilizing Deconstruction Services, 70% - 90% of materials are
prevented from going to landfills. Finger Lakes ReUse serves
Tompkins County and the surrounding counties in the Finger Lakes Region.
As buildings will be deconstructed by hand to preserve the
maximum amount of materials, a significant labor force is
required. Our crew is made up of staff as well as a trained
volunteer corps. All workers have been trained in safety,
proper tool use and careful removal of building materials.
Materials reclaimed from deconstruction are processed, sorted and
packaged on the project site. Landscaping may even be salvaged!
Materials are then transported to our warehouse for input into our
inventory system, priced and placed on the sales floor for sale.
Statistics are tracked and the results
used to improve our approach on future projects.
If you are interested in learning more about this program,
or have a building you would like us to provide an estimate
for deconstructing, please fill out the
online form or contact
Program Supervisor directly.