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All About Music Reuse

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 11, 2017
Updated: Friday, May 31, 2019

Most people think of the “reduce, reuse, recycle” model when it comes to waste that we view as trash, like plastic bottles, food waste, or broken items. However, this mantra can be applied to EVERYTHING- including music! The music industry is a huge part of the economy and popular culture. Here is a guide to how you can be more environmentally conscious when it comes to music!

First – reduce. This means thinking about how you BUY your music and not buying physical music in the first place, if you can avoid it. This is incredibly easy with the advent of digital music! Instead of collecting crates and crates of vinyl albums or CDs and needing specialized players, simply download the music you want and play it through your smartphone. This results in a much lower environmental footprint.

o A 2010 study (by Christopher Weber, Jonathan Koomey and H. Scott Matthews in Journal of industrial Ecology) showed that downloading an album digitally and playing the files without burning them to a CD at home reduces energy use and greenhouse gas pollution by 80% over buying the music on a CD by e-commerce or retail at a store. (That drops to about 40% savings if you burn a CD at home and put it in a jewel case).

o Using the digital files with no CD reduces all the impact of manufacturing music CDs & packaging and eliminates the problem of how to get rid of it when you’re done with it. Hit delete and voila! No garbage for recycling, burning, or ending up in a landfill. In addition, it reduces environmental impact overall, as the product does not have to be shipped from the manufacturer, to the retailer and to your home.

Second – reuse.

o If you really love to hold your music in your hands, the best options are to burn your own CDs at home from purchased files (see above) and to buy your music second-hand. (This goes for instruments and turntables too). Used record stores have always been around, and environmentally, reuse is the way to go. The Current helps by promoting the state’s great second-hand music opportunities – both on Record Store day and all year long.

o ReUSE Minnesota (www.reusemnorg) is a non-profit that facilitates reuse of just about everything. Their website is a directory that connects Minnesotans to second-hand and reuse businesses in the state. We just launched in October of 2016 and are still building the directory. If Current listeners send us their favorite second-hand music stores, we’ll get them listed! Contact us at info@reusemn.org or through the website, www.reusemn.org/contact-us/

o Instruments can be easily bought and sold second hand – through Craigslist, Music Go Round, or other vendors. In fact, most instrument/guitar shops these days buy/sell used instruments as well as selling new. Guitars, because of the valuable hardwoods they use, are great things to buy secondhand.

o Have a CD or record player that needs a fix? Try a local Fixit Clinic in Hennepin,Dakota, Anoka or Ramsey County. Free, community-based workshops where you bring your broken stuff, and handy volunteers help you fix it up on the spot. I took my broken AIWA cassette player and learned it just needed a set of $14 belts – which I ordered and was then able to install myself. My Commitments soundtrack tape is back in action!

o If you have music you want to get rid of – don’t trash it – donate, sell, or swap it! Again, www.reusemn.org has places listed that will buy or accept your used music for donation. Take your stuff to a local second-hand music place like Down in the Valley or a Greener Read dropbox, or donate it to Arc Value Village or Salvation Army. You might also use an online option like www.Decluttr.com or www.SecondSpin.com.

o Think you can’t sell your old cassettes? Think again. Like vinyl and tunics over leggings, cassettes are making a comeback in some markets.


Finally, we get to recycling. Hopefully you’ve gotten the message that this is the last thing you should do with your music.

o Hennepin County HHW drop-off facilities accept these media from households (not businesses): DVDs, CDs, pen drives, diskettes, thumb drives, flash drives, media storage cards, Blu-ray discs, and video game cartridges. Jewel cases accepted only if holding DVDs or CDs. (metro counties have reciprocity, so anyone in the metro can bring items to Hennepin, list each county that offers reciprocity).

o And for a fee – you can get a collection box to ship a variety of “techno-trash” for recycling – but they don’t take vinyl records: https://www.greendisk.com/gdsite/accept.aspx GreenDisk reuses or recycles 99% of what they get.

Trash. Last, and definitely least, is throwing music in the trash. Cassettes, tapes, and records are allowed in the trash and can be thrown away, but we hope you wouldn’t think of doing this.

For more on this subject, check out http://www.growlermag.com/tunes-trade-offs-minimizing-ecological-footprint/

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ReUSE Minnesota at the Minnesota State Fair!

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Updated: Friday, May 31, 2019

New Re-Users, Hobbyists, and experienced DIYers of all ages can all enjoy ReUSE Minnesota’s section of the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle area at the Eco Experience building. Learn about reuse, rental, and repair from demonstrations of repair techniques and reuse projects set in a Craft/Hobby Room illustrating clever ways to reuse and re-purpose a wide range of items.

Demonstration times are 10am-noon, 12:30-2:30 p.m., 3:00-5 p.m., and 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. every day of the fair. Activities change daily and include the opportunity to put together your own basic sewing kit, learning basic hand sewing, identifying tools and learning their uses, learning about outdoor gear repair, basics of bike repair, and a walk-through of what happens when technology is thrown away. Each Saturday, Fairgoers can upcycle t-shirts into reusable grocery bags, while Sundays offer sample Fix-It clinics with info on common repairs.

Join us and become part of the circular economy of reuse!

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By Any Means Necessary: Get the Word Out About Your Good Work!

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 10, 2017
Updated: Friday, May 31, 2019

By Amanda LaGrange, CEO of Tech Dump and Tech Discounts

Businesses in the reuse sector face a variety of barriers to success. Some of these challenges, such as managing cash flow and employee retention are shared by businesses of all types. However, other challenges are inherent in our shared mission to extend the material life of goods. For example, Tech Discounts must absorb the ridiculous cost of a specialized fastening screw for a certain fruit-branded phone. Another unique obstacle our sector faces is raising awareness about the whole idea of reuse.

Most consumers here in the U.S. don’t think of reuse as an option, probably due in part to something called default bias, which is the human tendency to do whatever is easiest and do what’s always been done. In the case of consumer goods, this means throwing items away and buying new things. Overcoming existing behaviors is hard, but it can be done. Look at all the progress that’s been made in promoting recycling in the City of Saint Paul, which introduced alley carts in January 2017 and is now on track to increase the materials collected by 35 percent in the next five years.

Success is within reach, but the first step is raising awareness about our work!

In my own field of used electronics, we’re getting better about letting people know about their options, but we need to provide more education. For example, a recent report from the Wisconsin DNR indicated that the percentage of residents who knew where to take old electronics rose from 28 percent in 2013 to 45 percent in 2016, but that still leaves a majority of our neighbors to the east in the dark with a “pile of denial.” In fact, the Wisconsin DNR reported that 48 percent of cell phones in homes around the state were unused in 2016. Those numbers are not unusual. In fact, many consumers hold on to their electronics, especially cellphones; the EPA estimates that only 11% of mobile devices are properly recycled. When I hear those statistics, as an e-waste repair shop and retailer with a commitment to the environment, I think about the number of cellphones and PDAs that could be put back into circulation! On the recycling side, the amount of untapped gold, silver, palladium and copper that could be recovered is mind blowing.

All those unused devices are why Tech Dump launched Cell Phone Summer, our campaign to collect ONE TON of cell phones between June 10th and Labor Day. The funds raised through recycling and reselling a ton of phones will provide1,000 hours of work for our social enterprise’s employees, which is great, but it’s not the only reason we’re doing the campaign.

We also created Cell Phone Summer to raise awareness about recycling and reusing mobile devices. Despite all our traditional marketing and communications efforts – advertising, social media, google SEO, media relations, etc. – there were still plenty of people with old electronics that didn’t know about us. We needed to try something new to get them to bring in their stuff, so we launched the campaign. We’re placing Paul Bunyan and Babe collection bins around the metro, our staff is appearing at key summer events, and we’re hosting our own shindigs. We’re also engaging our networks in sharing information about Cell Phone Summer. (Hint: You can help us by Tweeting, Instagramming and on Facebook using the hashtag #CellPhoneSummer.) We’ll finish up in the Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair. I look forward to seeing all of you there and discussing your plans for raising awareness about the work your organization does and the great potential of the reuse sector!


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ReUSE Minnesota June Member Meeting @ Habitat for Humanity ReStore!

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Updated: Friday, May 31, 2019
 

Our next quarterly member meeting is coming up fast! On June 13th, we will be meeting at the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore, located at 2700 Minnehaha Avenue. This is a great opportunity for our members to connect with one another and discuss the happenings of Minnesota's reuse sector. In addition, there will be a behind the scenes tour of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore! The store provides quality donated home furnishings for a fraction of the price. The proceeds from the ReStore go towards building and repairing homes for hard-working local families. This year, proceeds from the ReStore will go towards building four homes for Twin Cities families. Learn more about our awesome hosts on their website.

A pizza lunch will also be provided! If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, please email reuseminnesota@gmail.com. Please RSVP through Facebook or Eventbrite to this event as soon as possible. It is important to us to get an accurate count of how many people will be in attendance so we can create as little waste as possible. We hope to see you there!


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Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Something Old, Something Used:

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 18, 2017
Updated: Friday, May 31, 2019

By Heidi Andermack, Owner, Chowgirls Killer Catering

Wedding season is high upon us. With all the festivities comes a lot of stuff…. stuff for decorating, stuff for eating, stuff for drinking, stuff for gifts, stuff for everything imaginable. As owner of Chowgirls, a sustainably minded catering company, we love working with couples who are thoughtful about their environmental footprint when planning their weddings.

One such couple gave LED lightbulbs as their favors. Another offered fire-starter pinecones — lovingly scavenged on their parents’ property and wax dipped by the family — that served as decorations as well as favors. A few brides and grooms have provided home-canned pickles or jams packed in ball jars that were found at rummage sales.

The wedding tabletop lends itself to reused or rented items. For shabby-chic farm weddings, jam jars make great drinking glasses and votive candle holders. Mismatched assortments of vintage china and flatware from thrift stores are trending in restaurants now, and they also make for a sweet table setting at a wedding reception. For the bride and groom favoring more contemporary flair, we highly recommend working with a rental company for the latest glassware, dishes, flatware, and linens. Either way — sourcing used or renting — choosing the real deal is the more sustainable than using disposables, even if they are recyclable or compostable.

There are many options for clothing that are sustainable too. A sentimental favorite is seeing a bride walk down the aisle in her mother’s wedding gown. While that’s not always an option, there are second-hand stores that can outfit a bride and her maids as well. For guys, it’s even easier, they can just go to the same place where they rented their prom tuxedo.

For décor, more and more boutique rental companies are popping up in the Twin Cities, offering unique furniture and accessories. Perhaps you’d like to host your cocktail hour in a Mid-Century Modern lounge with a sleek leather couch and Danish side tables. Or maybe you’re more into an antique look with a Victorian velvet fainting couch and elaborate candelabras. Whatever your tastes, there are niche stylists salvaging and restoring fabulous furnishings, sharing them so they can be appreciated again and again.

Gift ideas for the eco-minded bride and groom are trending toward crowd-sourced financial gifts for travel or charity. But a similarly funded down-payment on a reused house or even a vintage furniture piece in the couple’s style would also be appreciated sustainable gifts.

With thoughtful planning and good intentions, re-using can be a great way to make your event unique and memorable. Consider it a smart and sexy alternative to the wasteful whimsy that’s so easy to find most anywhere.


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ReUSE Minnesota Will Meet in Duluth on May 25th

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 28, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 30, 2019

We’re collaborating with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), and the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) to host a networking meeting for representatives from reuse, rental and repair businesses at the Duluth Public Library in the Green Room on Thursday, May 25

The informal meeting will introduce ReUSE Minnesota to businesses the Duluth area, facilitate business-to-business networking, and brainstorm ideas for promoting reuse in greater Minnesota.

ReUSE Minnesota’s membership includes of a wide range of businesses from used book, antique and thrift stores to bike, appliance and engine repair shops, and extends to rental and second-hand building material centers. We’re looking forward to growing our numbers in Duluth.

“Our state’s reuse economy generated over $10 billion in sales in 2015 and we want to see it continue to grow,” notes Madalyn Cioci of ReUSE Minnesota and the MPCA. “By connecting businesses in the sector, we can help each other and work together to create more even momentum around reuse, rental and repair.”

“The mission of ReUSE Minnesota aligns with our own goals to protect natural resources and can offer valuable support to area businesses,” notes Sarah Lerohl of WLSSD.

ReUSE Minnesota has hosted similar gatherings in Saint Paul and Clay County in the past year. This is their first event in Duluth. The meeting is free and open to all. More information is available here: https://www.facebook.com/events/164007424126941/.

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A Few Numbers to Celebrate Earth Month

Posted By Administration, Sunday, April 2, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 30, 2019

Guest blog post by Tim Roman, Ecotone Analytics GBC

Earth Day was established on April 22, 1970 in the United States and since then, the celebration and acknowledgement of our fragile planet has grown and evolved to include the entire month and people around the world. It’s estimated that one billion people participate in Earth Day activities.

ReUSE Minnesota welcomes the attention to the environment that Earth Day generates. My fellow members work hard to create reuse, repair and rental opportunities for people so that we can extend the useful life of raw materials, reduce the waste stream, and mitigate the effects of manufacturing and transportation on Minnesota’s environment.

Their efforts pay off. Firstly, the reuse economy generated an estimated 77,800 job for the state of Minnesota in 2015 and a little over $10 billion in economic activity. Equally important is the fact that the reuse economy helps the environment in measurable ways.

For example, in 2016 Junket Tossed and Found sold 6.2 tons of goods that might well have ended up in Minnesota landfills. Furthermore, the sale of those goods avoided the generation of 31 metric tons of carbon dioxide, a definite win for the planet!

These measures matter, because they go beyond the activities of April 22nd and can have a lasting impact.

In 2015, our client Better Futures Minnesota, in partnership with the Northwest Indian Opportunity Industrialization Center (NWIOIC) in Bemidji, and the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) at the University of Minnesota - Duluth, was given a pilot study grant to model and measure the effects of “deconstruction” of residential buildings (taking them apart and saving the materials for reuse, then recycling the remainder) versus traditional “smash and landfill” demolition. The goal was to observe and measure the effects on greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction from diversion from landfill.

The data revealed that there was a “pareto” effect between recycling and reuse in relation to GHG avoidance. That about 80% of the GHG reduction effects were from material reclamation for reuse, versus about 20% from recycling. These finding support policies that incentivize reuse over recycling, an important piece of information for municipalities. In fact, based on this project, Better Futures has been recognized as the 2017 recipient of the award for sustainable business by the Environmental Initiative.

So, the numbers matter, on Earth Day and every day. Please keep counting.

Tim Roman is a co-founder of Ecotone Analytics, GBC, which specializes in helping organizations measure, manage, and communicate their social, environmental, and business impacts.

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Join ReUSE Minnesota in Supporting Fair Repair

Posted By Administration, Monday, February 20, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 30, 2019

Minnesota has a chance to become the first state in the nation to pass "Fair Repair" legislation. The Fair Repair bill, SF 15 in the Senate and HF 287 in the House, guarantees our right to repair digital equipment like computers, refrigerators, cell phones and tractors. It requires manufacturers to provide owners and independent repair shops with access to repair information and replacement parts—so you have the resources you need to fix things quickly and affordably.

Fair Repair will help you save money and create good jobs in our state.

Repair jobs are well-paying jobs all over Minnesota, and the proposed bill could help bring even more jobs to regions of Minnesota that need them.

· 2011 MPCA analysis shows that average weekly wage for electronics and machinery repair ranges from $902 – $1,093. For comparison, DEED data shows average weekly wage for construction is $1,139, manufacturing is $1,164, and mining is $820. The Fair Repair bill could bring back the neighborhood TV repair man!

Fair Repair will keep our air, water and land clean and reduce disposal costs.

Fair Repair will help slow the flow of toxic, hard-to-recycle, e-waste that is a huge problem in Minnesota. Managing e-waste is a big expense for our cities and counties -- which means it's a big expense for us. Keeping our electronics in use longer is the most powerful, effective method for reducing the financial and environmental costs of e-waste.

But we need your help. Manufacturers don't want a Fair Repair bill. When your tractor breaks or your cell phone stops working, they want to be the only people who can fix it. And they get to set whatever prices they want.

Tell your legislators that you want the right to repair your electronics. Tell them you support the Fair Repair bills, SF 15 and HF 287 and you want them to work to pass it. Fair Repair is good for the environment, good for consumers, and good for Minnesota’s economy.

· Tell your legislators you want Fair Repair. This site makes it easy to call or write them:https://minnesota.repair.org/

PS. ReUSE Minnesota contacted Senator Dahms about the bill. See the letter here. And, here’s a template that can help you in your phone and letter writing outreach efforts. Share these resources with your networks and help Minnesota pass this groundbreaking legislation.

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Living Green 365: Resolutions, reuse, and the big idea

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 30, 2019

Reposted from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

 

What's the big idea?

In resolutions and sustainable consumption, keep the big idea in mind but go after it one step at a time.

Did you make a resolution for the New Year? Was it to buy lots of new stuff, online or otherwise? (Didn’t think so.)

We’ve got a hunch, dear Living Green 365 reader, that your hopes for 2017 include keeping our air and water clean, and not using up finite natural resources. Those are big goals. Psychologists suggest that people keep the big ideas of their resolutions in mind, but break them down into manageable steps they can tackle through the year.


Let’s start with reusing a little more. According to one poll, 91% of Americans think the way we live produces too much waste. Even the greenest among us have room to improve when it comes to our consumption patterns.

The idea here is easy – keep what we have longer, get what we need by borrowing or buying secondhand, and not end up burdened with the kind of stuff that makes us feel both cluttered and empty.

Reuse does all sorts of good things. It:

  • Fosters green, reuse-related jobs like repair and consignment and keeps dollars local.
  • Prevents waste, conserves natural resources and reduces greenhouse gasses. (How? Keeping it in use longer slows our use of virgin resources and creation of waste. You can find out more on reuse and the circular economy.)


Reuse is easy to love, but it can be hard to do when one-click-shopping is so tempting. So try committing to just one or two of these tips to help you reuse more:

Keep things longer

Tip 1. Practice gratitude for what you have. The first step to keeping things longer is to value them. Be mindful and grateful for an item, and you will find it easier to treasure. (The science of happiness says that happy people are grateful for what they have, and don’t compare themselves to others.)

  • Treasure meaningful things. Do you remember that mug from your grandfather’s workshop? That’s meaningful. Why get a generic new mug to replace the one that reminds you of your grandpa?
  • Try something simple, like sticking a post-it that says “nature is here” on a closet door. Everything in that closet is a little bit of nature – it’s mined out of a mountain, or grown from a plant or animal, made with energy from oil, sun, or wind, and with the labor of a real person somewhere. If you can envision the mountain, the plant, the animal, the person, you might find yourself holding onto that sweater fondly and not feeling the pull for another.
  • Use it often. The more you use something, the more it becomes deeply yours. Me? I’ve been using the same glass, mug, bowl, and plate at work for 8 years. Each has a story. Don’t need any others, I reuse these every day.

Tip 2. Buy it right the first time. We talk about buying durable all the time. But how do you know if something will last? Let your experience and intuition guide you. That $5 t-shirt that you can see through when it’s new? Won’t last. That cheap freebie water bottle offered at the community event? Don’t take it. You know it’ll leak the first time you use it.

  • Buy an antique. You can be pretty sure it’ll last, because it already has!
  • Buy a high quality item with a guarantee to fix it. Tara Button has done a lot of the leg work and found things that are made to last more than one lifetime by companies that will fix them if they break. Check out www.Buymeonce.com.

Tip 3. Show it some love. There’s a reason you’re supposed to vacuum out the dust from the back of your fridge once in a while. I know. I didn’t do it. And my fridge died. Once you’ve invested in something of quality, or have something you value – treat it well. And if it needs a little repair – great! There are so many options for fixing these days. We wrote about it here: Fixing. I recently had my old leather purse redyed; it’s as good as new.

Tame the “buy it new, buy it now” impulses

Tip 1. Take a photo instead of buying. We are hard-wired to respond to novelty. But that buzz of having a new thing wears off after just a few days and we often regret we spent the money. Next time you’re tempted, try taking a photo of the thing that caught your eye. Look at the photo enough times and the novelty might wear off. You may find you no longer “have to have” it.

Check out this fun video to remind you of all the great reasons to get less!

Tip 2. Commit to trying at least one second-hand option before you jump to online shopping sites. Check ReUSEmn.org’s new directory to see if they have a store listed near you. Or ask if a neighbor has one they are getting rid of – Next Door is great for this.

Seek access over ownership

The average electric drill spends only 15 minutes of its life actually drilling holes. The rest of its sad life is on your garage wall, taking up space. Many toys are the same – a child may love it for a year and grow out of it. For things like this, we only need access to them when we need them, we don’t need to own them. It’s already happened for music (Pandora, iTunes), and movies (Netflix).

Tip 1. “I’ve got one you can use.” Help someone else reuse. Offer to lend something you have. The offer will probably come back to you. Acts of kindness and creating community relationships will increase your happiness while you increase reuse.

Tip 2. Use or start a toy library, or a tool library. The Northeast Minneapolis Tool Library and the Minneapolis Toy Library lend tools and toys the way traditional libraries lend books. So simple and powerful. These can be small and simple – with just a few members in your neighborhood, or larger and more ambitious.

My first step in 2017? I hate remodeling, but my bathroom needs fixing. I’m resolving to explore the great building and architectural salvage businesses around the Twin Cities to find the fixtures, cabinets, and hardware I need.

Which tip will you start with?


Community events and resources

Where Do We Go From Here? The science, policy and politics of addressing and adapting to global-scale environmental change. Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Camp Bar, St. Paul , MN. Everything has an impact on the environment. Climate change is top of mind for many, but our carbon dioxide emissions are only the beginning of the story. The ecological outcomes of our activities take myriad forms and have far reaching implications. Join us for a wide-ranging discussion about the science, politics and policy driving our complex relationship with our planet’s systems. Sponsored by U of M College of Biological Sciences. Part of the Petri Dish series, which explores how biology affects our lives and what it means for our future. For information or to register: http://petridish.bpt.me/

Wild Ones 2017 Design With Nature Conference—Planting Matters. February 18, 2017. Anderson Student Center, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus. Sixteenth annual Native Plant conference hosted by Wild Ones chapters in greater Twin Cities Metro, featuring keynote speaker Douglas Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home. Register here.

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ReUSE Minnesota and the Minneapolis Home & Remodeling show offer Upcycle Challenge

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 30, 2019

ReUSE MN has been getting ready to work at the Minneapolis Home and Remodeling Show at US Bank Stadium January 27-29th.ReUSE MN members Empty the Nest and the University of Minnesota Reuse Center have donated chairs for artists to reimagine for the show’s Upcycle Challenge.Other members, including Better Futures Minnesota, will be at the show managing the Upcycle Challenge auction of the chairs for the benefit of ReUSE MN.

Local vintage shop Upsy Daisy created a Prince themed chair for attendees to bid on!

 

This is the first year that remodeling is part of the show’s mission and we’re excited to promote reuse for major home projects. See below for a blog entry we’re re-posting from the Better Futures. It describes how “deconstruction” and reuse are better options than demolition and material recycling.

Across Minnesota, older homes and barns are being demolished to make way for new buildings or farmland. When buildings are demolished, harmful chemicals and pollutants—like lead and asbestos—are released in the air. In addition, when buildings such as old barns are burned, the old-growth wood is not only wasted, but it produces noxious smoke that’s harmful to human and environmental health.

Recently, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has been trying to educate the public about the growing issue of demolishing and burning buildings. The organization suggests that demolished building materials, such as concrete and wood, be turned over to specially permitted facilities for proper disposal.

Yet a better solution is gaining steam across the country: deconstruction and reuse. Many buildings, especially those built before 1978, contain harmful lead and asbestos. Deconstruction carefully removes all building materials for safe recycling and reuse–greatly reducing the amount of waste in the landfills and avoiding hazardous plumes of lead and asbestos that occur from typical demolition. In addition, deconstruction supports public health by reducing the additional greenhouse-gas emissions that come from adding to the landfill.

On average, construction and demolition materials account for a quarter of the waste in all landfills. In Minnesota, more than 80 percent of the 1.6 million tons of construction and demolition waste was landfilled in 2013. According to the EPA, for each ton of construction and demolition waste (2,000 pounds) that goes into a landfill, 2.79 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gases, including methane and CO2, are released into the atmosphere.

Through deconstruction with a specially trained crew, as much as 90 percent of of this waste can be recycled or reused, and sold below retail cost in places like Better Futures Minnesota’s ReUse Warehouse.

Additional tips for reusing building materials during a remodeling project can be found below!

From the Northeast Recycling Council: https://nerc.org/documents/building_materials_reus...

From House Logic:

https://www.houselogic.com/save-money-add-value/sa...

From Planet Reuse:

http://planetreuse.com/collections/projects/produc...

And from the ReUSE MN Pinterest page: https://www.pinterest.com/ReUSEmn/

 

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