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Twin Cities Plywood Rescue

ReUSE Minnesota stands with our communities advocating systems change and pursuing justice for George Floyd.

One of the ways we aim to support our communities during this time is through the Twin Cities Plywood Rescue. As businesses remove plywood and reopen, our goal is to minimize the amount of usable plywood going to the landfill or being burned. Unnecessary disposal of plywood wastes natural resources and labor to create these materials, often resulting in our communities bearing the brunt of the pollution from manufacturing and disposal.

For the last three months, we have lead an effort to collect, store and distribute plywood for reuse.

We are winding down our volunteer operation. Please use the resources listed below to keep plywood out of the trash:

Plain plywood or OSB: email and we can connect you to an organization 

Murals or wood with paint: Volunteers with Memorialize the Movement and Save the Boards are collecting artwork. Email


Plywood Rescue Stats

  • 642 boards collected since June 10
  • 500+ boards in the community through 4 organizations, 2 private companies, and several individuals
  • 50 boards with artwork or messages given to Memorialize the Movement
  • 46 pickups from businesses and organizations
  • Dozens of active volunteers
  • 6 temporary drop off sites

Boards are helping those who help others

  • Mano a Mano - 42 boards to send more personal protective equipment and other tools to Bolivia
  • Pillsbury United Community - 39 boards used to cover and protect the gym floor in a Minneapolis Parks building so the food shelf could be expanded
  • Matters with Big Events - 40 boards used to set up a benefit concert to raise money to build hospitals around the world  

Plywood Rescue in the news


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