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Before and After: New uses for salvaged materials from Community Forklift

Posted by on Jul 6, 2022 in Blog, Customer Creations, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing | 0 comments

Before and After: New uses for salvaged materials from Community Forklift

Check out this upcycled radiator cover at Right Place Studio! Located in the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market in DC, the shop sells DC-themed watercolor prints, cards, puzzles, and creative supplies. Here’s what they had to say about their project:

“I didn’t know what I was looking for when I walked into Community Forklift today but when I saw this old radiator cover, I knew it would be perfect for hiding the ugly vent hose at the entrance to my shop.”

Thanks for giving the vintage radiator cover a new purpose and saving it from the landfill! It looks like a great way to greet people who come to the shop! Photos by @RightPlaceStudio (Instagram)


This sunny faux fireplace created by a Forklift Fan (with help from her cat, Barb) adds so much coziness to this space! They used a salvaged mantel from Community Forklift and plywood with adhesive tiles for the inside and floor. Thanks for giving this mantel a beautiful new home! Photos by @violodendron (Instagram)


These Forklift Fans followed the blue brick road to their own awesome vegetable garden! This is such a great reuse for these blue industrial-size bricks (we have them in red and white as well … how patriotic!) and the gravel paths are genius. Thanks for finding a new, creative reuse for salvaged stuff!


Ta daaaaaa! A Forklift Fan used this salvaged schoolhouse lampshade from our reuse warehouse to great effect! Paired with a pendant light kit, the shade delivers all sorts of vintage charm in this space — much more than it would be doing if dumped in a landfill. Donate and shop for modern and vintage shades at Community Forklift! There are all sorts of cool styles! Photos by @nikki.rosato (Instagram)


This project using doors from Community Forklift is still going strong 10 years later! We’ve got hundreds of salvaged doors at the reuse warehouse and a few of them came in handy for this powder room, utility room, and storage closet renovation. The stained double doors are a single door cut in half to make a pair! Thanks for choosing reuse and giving these materials a fantastic new second life.


Another awesome garden created with upcycled materials from Community Forklift! The gardener was inspired by our post about another Forklift Fan’s raised beds and decided to create their own for a mix of flowers and veggies. Thanks for supporting the reuse warehouse and finding a home for this salvaged lumber!


This mahogany sideboard from Community Forklift proves the old adage “don’t judge a book by its cover,” or — in this case — by its finish! Beautifully restored by Mark at MCH Furniture Restoration, the sideboard was part of Phelps and Bradley Co.’s “Boston Line” and has mortise and tenon joints, solid mahogany legs and components, satinwood inlay, and a dovetailed drawer. Thanks for giving this beautiful piece a new lease on life! Photo by @mch.furniturerestoration (Instagram)


Dogs napping on salvaged sofas might be one of our new favorite genres of photography. Winnie Ruth the Newfoundland loves this salvaged leather sofa from Community Forklift as much as the rest of her family! As owner Benjamin says, the extra deep seating “makes her look normal size.” Thanks for supporting our reuse nonprofit and choosing salvaged furniture! We hope Winnie Ruth lets you sit on it occasionally. Check out @winnieruth_thenewf on Instagram!


RELATED POSTS

June 2022: Creative uses for salvaged stuff
May 2022: Creative uses for salvaged materials from the reuse warehouse
April 2022: Forklift Fans put salvaged materials to good reuse!
March 2022: Salvaged materials for a fireplace and furniture
February 2022: Reuse inspiration for cabinet sets and single cabinets
February 2022: New uses for salvaged materials from Community Forklift
January 2022: Creative projects using materials from Community Forklift
December 2021: Salvaged Materials from Community Forklift get a new use
November 2021: Upcycling Projects using Community Forklift materials
October 2021: Projects created with salvage from Community Forklift
September 2021: Upcycling Projects Created with Salvaged Materials


Would you like to share a project that you’ve completed using salvaged materials from Community Forklift? Send photos and a short description to outreach@CommunityForklift.org or tag us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Storewide discount! Save 25% on modern and vintage materials at the reuse warehouse and online July 2 – 4

Posted by on Jul 1, 2022 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Holidays and Long Weekends, online sales, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Storewide discount! Save 25% on modern and vintage materials at the reuse warehouse and online July 2 – 4

Saturday, July 2 – Monday, July 4

Happy Independence Day! Community Forklift is open for our regular hours of 12 to 5 pm every day this weekend and on July 4, and we’re having a 25% off storewide discount! Save the planet and your wallet at the same time in our reuse warehouse, in the Community Forklift Marketplace, and in our eBay store.


Three ways to save!

This Saturday through Monday, July 2–4, take 25% off storewide at the reuse warehouse. The discount includes modern & vintage furniture, architectural salvage, tile, appliances, kitchen cabinets, lighting, granite counters, tools, hardware, doors, windows, flooring, bathroom fixtures, items in our courtyard, and more. Please continue to wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose while in the public spaces at Community Forklift. Thank you!


We’ve listed a selection of the materials from our reuse warehouse online in the Community Forklift Marketplace. This Saturday through Monday, July 2–4, shop for items there and save 25%. Within five days of purchase, visit our warehouse for pick-up.


This Saturday through Monday, July 4–6, most items in the Community Forklift eBay store are 25% too. If you have any questions about the eBay discount or a particular listed item, please contact our online team using the “contact seller” link available in any of our listings. The items in the eBay store are only available online and are not on display at the reuse warehouse.


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other essentials to households with limited resources through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include lumber, bricks, and masonry; select specialty items; tile listed in our eBay store; or items from our consignment partners such as Treinarncation raw-edge slabs or Alco Appliances. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Discount may not be combined with other offers.

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Visit the Smithsonian Folklife Festival to see what’s working in conservation!

Posted by on Jun 28, 2022 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Community Happenings, Community Happenings, Forklifter Profiles, Green Living, Non-profit partners, Our Partners | 0 comments

Visit the Smithsonian Folklife Festival to see what’s working in conservation!

Did you visit the Smithsonian Folklife Festival last weekend? It’s back and sustainability is front and center!

One of the themes this year is Earth Optimism x Folklife: Inspiring Conservation Communities. Through workshops, performances, interactive art installations, film screenings, hands-on educational activities, cooking and gardening demonstrations, and more, the festival explores the possibilities and solutions that address some of our planet’s most significant challenges.

The festival is open again this Thursday, June 30, through Monday, July 4. When you visit, make sure to check out the Sustainable Living exhibit in front of the Natural History museum. It’s a really cool sustainable setup that includes a salvaged refrigerator from Community Forklift’s reuse warehouse, donated through our Community Building Blocks (CBB) program!

Part of our mission to lift up communities through reuse, our CBB program provides free materials to nonprofits, school groups, and other organizations for projects that benefit the community. When the festival is finished, the refrigerator will be donated back to our warehouse (possibly along with other materials from the festival) to be redistributed again to a household or organization that needs it.

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Kitchen cabinet sets, singles, & cabinet doors are 25% off at the reuse warehouse!

Posted by on Jun 23, 2022 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Kitchen cabinet sets, singles, & cabinet doors are 25% off at the reuse warehouse!

Friday – Sunday, June 24 – 26

Renovating your kitchen and need a great set of cabinets for less than retail price? Need some extra storage in your basement, garage, laundry room, or workshop? This Friday through Sunday, June 24 – 26, take 25% off the prices on cabinet sets, single cabinets, and cabinet doors at the reuse warehouse! We offer 5 days of free storage to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed.

A small selection of our cabinet sets are listed on our Community Forklift Marketplace. Check out the listings for photos, measurements, and other information. To see all available cabinets, visit our reuse warehouse in person! Our warehouse hours are Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. Please continue to wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose while at Community Forklift. Thank you!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other essentials to households with limited resources through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs kitchen cabinets or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Community Forklift Fans are a really creative bunch! Check out our blog for examples of projects people have completed using salvaged cabinets from the reuse warehouse!

Please note: discount does not include bathroom cabinets, living room cabinets, work benches, tool stands, vintage hutches, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed on eBay or Chairish. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Discount may not be combined with other discounts or promotions.

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Community Partner: Port Towns Elementary School

Posted by on Jun 22, 2022 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Forklifter Profiles, Non-profit partners, Our Partners | 0 comments

Community Partner: Port Towns Elementary School

Port Towns Elementary School is one of the largest public elementary schools in Maryland and serves around 1,000 students in Prince George’s County. The school is also a community school, which means that the school community works together to ensure that the students receive services that support them academically, socially, and emotionally during and outside of the school day. This includes making sure that students have access to winter coats and school uniforms.

According to Community School Coordinator Cindy Ascencio, the school received several coat donations last fall but had nowhere to store them. So this past December, Community Forklift provided Port Towns Elementary School with three free salvaged garment racks to help organize coat donations.

“Now that we have the racks, we have been able to organize the coats by size. Searching for a coat is no longer stressful. We are grateful for the partnership with Community Forklift. They are doing amazing work!”

Cindy Ascencio, Community School Coordinator at Port Towns Elementary School

Community School Coordinators like Cindy are tasked with identifying the school community’s needs, coordinating student and family support services such as food distribution, and establishing and maintaining partnerships with nonprofits and businesses. Cindy shared with us that the many families she assists are still trying to recover from the pandemic.

“Our goal as a school is to ensure that every student is warm this fall/winter despite their economic status,” said Cindy.

Port Towns Elementary School is currently accepting clothing donations for its coat and school uniform drives. The school is running low on uniforms and is in need of donations of navy blue and dark gold tops, khaki bottoms, coats, and shoes. (See Uniform Policy examples.) If you’d like to make a donation to support the school, please email Cindy Ascencio at cindy.ascencio@pgcps.org.

Students wear navy blue/mustard tops and khaki bottoms and are in need of the following sizes:
Tops for females and males: 10/12, 14/16, 18, 20
Bottoms for females and males: 10/12, 14/16, 18, 20
Coats for females and males: 7/8, 10/12, 14/16/, 18, 20
Shoes: Big kids 2, 3, 4; adult sizes 5, 6, 7

Community Forklift distributes free materials to local nonprofits, schools, and community groups through our Community Building Blocks Program. In addition to providing the clothing racks at Port Towns Elementary School, we also supplied them with free digital thermometers and hand sanitizer.

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Modern and vintage furniture is 25% off this weekend!

Posted by on Jun 16, 2022 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Modern and vintage furniture is 25% off this weekend!

This Friday through Sunday, June 17 – 19, take 25% off modern and vintage furniture at the Community Forklift reuse warehouse and online in the Community Forklift Marketplace! Save on all sorts of styles and types of tables, dressers, shelves, wardrobes, desks, chairs, sofas, and more. We offer five days of free storage after purchase to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed!

Please continue to wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose while in Community Forklift’s reuse warehouse and courtyard. Our warehouse hours are Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. Thank you!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other essentials to households with limited resources through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs furniture or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include bathroom vanities or kitchen cabinets, mantels, appliances, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed on eBay or Chairish. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold.  May not be combined with other discounts or promotions.

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Save 40% on modern and vintage appliances

Posted by on Jun 10, 2022 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 40% on modern and vintage appliances

Appliances are 40% off June 11 –13

Save 40% on dishwashers, ranges and cooktops, refrigerators, microwaves, stove hoods, wall ovens, washing machines, and dryers.  The discount runs Saturday – Monday, June 11–13, and includes both modern and vintage items. We offer a 3-week return policy on most Forklift appliances and we also offer 5 days of free storage to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed!

Please continue to wear a facemask that covers your mouth and nose while in the public spaces at Community Forklift. Thank you! Our warehouse hours are Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. You can also shop online in the Community Forklift Marketplace!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other essentials to households with limited resources through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs appliances or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include appliances from our ALCO consignment partner, water heaters, window air conditioners, other heating and cooling equipment, items listed in our eBay or Chairish stores, or select specialty items. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Discount may not be combined with other offers.

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Vintage History: 215-year-old steamboat berth bed

Posted by on Jun 6, 2022 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog | 0 comments

Vintage History: 215-year-old steamboat berth bed

In our Vintage History blog feature, a Community Forklift pricing team member tells us about something in the reuse warehouse, with particular attention paid to its style, history, and function.

If your surroundings dictate your dreams, then get ready to take a trip back to 1807 when you sleep in this antique steamboat berth bed! Whether you use it as a bed, daybed, or sofa, it has some fantastic features both in its history and in its design.

One of only 25 berth beds from the first ocean-going steamboat The Phoenix New Orleans, the bed is crafted of solid wood in the Federalist design style. Three drawers at the front of the bed provide storage beneath the berth platform and feature fine brass inlay and hardware. The drawer design of this front platform is repeated on the sides and back with five faux drawer fronts with the same hardware and inlay.

The side and back panels to the seating portion of the berth bed coordinate with the drawer fronts in the same wood grain and brass detail. The four brass corner posts have a banded design reminiscent of bamboo. Rounding out the brass accents is the cartouche plaque above the center-front drawer reading “The Phoenix New Orleans 1807”.

Built in 1807 by John Stevens in Hoboken, NJ, The Phoenix New Orleans was launched in 1809 just shortly after Robert Fulton’s Clermont, the first steam-powered boat. The Phoenix made nautical history as the first steamship to navigate ocean waterways and was part of the first U.S. steamship ferry service based in Philadelphia.

John Stevens was born in 1749 in New York City and died March 6, 1838, in Hoboken, N.J. He served to the rank of Colonel in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and was a prominent American lawyer, inventor, and promoter of the development of steam power for transportation. His petition to the U.S. Congress resulted in the Patent Law of 1790, which is the foundation of the present U.S. patent system. In 1815, he received the first charter in the U.S. ever granted for a railroad and went on to found the Camden and Amboy Railroad and Transportation Company in 1830.

As one of the fittings for Stevens’ notable vessel, this berth bed is both a functional piece of furniture and a reminder of past events and accomplishments in our always-changing modern world. Check out the listing in our Community Forklift Marketplace for more photos and information and a chance to own a piece of nautical history!


RELATED POSTS

December 2021: Vintage History: Mid Century Paul McCobb Desk
September 2021: Vintage History: Carved China Cabinet & Sideboard
March 2021: Vintage History: A Beautiful Arts and Crafts Sideboard


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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs.

Save 25% on modern and vintage lighting in the reuse warehouse and on eBay!

Posted by on Jun 3, 2022 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, online sales, Sales, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on modern and vintage lighting in the reuse warehouse and on eBay!

Saturday, June 4 – Monday, June 6

Save the planet and your wallet at the same time! Unique modern and vintage lighting in our reuse warehouse, in the Community Forklift Marketplace, and in our eBay store is 25% off.


Three ways to save!

This Saturday through Monday, June 4 – 6, take 25% off the price on hundreds of lights, from modern fixtures to antique chandeliers. The discount includes glass shades and globes, overhead lights, flush-mounted lights, wall sconces, outdoor lighting, fluorescent fixtures, and lamps. Please continue to wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose while in the public spaces at Community Forklift. Thank you!


We’ve listed a selection of the lighting from our reuse warehouse online in the Community Forklift Marketplace. This Saturday through Monday, June 4 – 6, browse the lighting collection there and save 25%. Within five days of purchase, visit our warehouse for pick-up.


This Saturday through Monday, June 4 – 6, lighting and lighting parts in the Community Forklift eBay store are 25% too. Modern fixtures, antique crystals, vintage shades, outdoor deck lighting, and more are on discount. If you have any questions about the discount or a particular listed item, please contact our online team using the “contact seller” link available in any of our listings. The items in the eBay store are only available online and are not on display at the reuse warehouse.


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other essentials to households with limited resources through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs lighting or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include light parts or electrical supplies in the reuse warehouse, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed online in our Chairish shop. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. May not be combined with other discounts or promotions.

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Before & After: Creative reuses for salvaged stuff

Posted by on Jun 1, 2022 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Customer Creations, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing | 0 comments

Before & After: Creative reuses for salvaged stuff

Location, location, location. This salvaged chandelier from Community Forklift looks so good all lit up under a ceiling medallion! Thanks to a Forklift Fan for giving this spectacular light a spectacular new home! Photos by @elainainstagram (Instagram)


The new owner of this china cabinet from Community Forklift enlisted Tim Kime to give it a brand new look! From Tim: “Through the upcycling process, everyone won. The family has a cabinet they now love and treasure, Community Forklift got resources to support its mission, I was able to use my artistic talents, and Mother Nature was honored by keeping materials from going to the landfill.” Thank you both for supporting reuse and for giving this cabinet a new home! Photos by @cammaranomatopoeia and @TimKimeArt (Instagram)


It’s hard to believe this is the same set! Community Forklift Fan Patrick Calder rescued this vintage croquet set from the reuse warehouse and completely revamped it. The project involved rebuilding and carving a broken stake, removing rust from and painting the stand, sanding and repainting the mallets, installing new mallet caps, cutting and bending new wickets, and finding a vintage set of croquet balls to match.

From Patrick: “There were a lot of steps to this project. It probably took two months, with lots of ‘do this, and wait a day, and repeat’. But I enjoyed it, and got to try a few new things. And I always like bringing something back.”

I’d say this something was brought WAY back … it looks amazing! Thanks for giving the set a new lease on life providing fun for a whole new generation! Photos by Patrick Calder


A Forklift Fan used salvaged cabinets from our reuse warehouse to extend their kitchen into an unused corner of their home. The four uppers and lowers at the back of the kitchen are from Community Forklift, but the rest of the kitchen was there when they bought the house! They wrote:

“The styles are similar but the existing cabinets have a slightly different detail on the door and the uppers are taller, but because they are a little detached you can only tell if you really look for it! We color matched the paint and sprayed to match. We had to repair one drawer front and swapped out the hardware to match, too. We basically just kept an eye out for cabinets that were a close match to what we had, and scored big time when these happened to be sold individually instead of as a set! All up between the cabinets, paint, hardware, and countertop, we spent about $350 on the project.”

Thanks for saving these cabinets from the landfill and supporting our nonprofit! Photos by @lunabloom (Instagram)


Check out this custom frame created out of salvaged lumber from the reuse warehouse! The red looks great against that wall color and coordinates so well with the poster. The Forklift Fan who created the frame put it best: “now it’s bringing some color to the background of my zoom calls and I’ll be singing to myself.” Thanks for giving that lumber a new lease on life! Photos by @ericmarrapodi (Instagram)


RELATED POSTS

May 2022: Creative uses for salvaged materials from the reuse warehouse
April 2022: Forklift Fans put salvaged materials to good reuse!
March 2022: Salvaged materials for a fireplace and furniture
February 2022: Reuse inspiration for cabinet sets and single cabinets
February 2022: New uses for salvaged materials from Community Forklift
January 2022: Creative projects using materials from Community Forklift
December 2021: Salvaged Materials from Community Forklift get a new use
November 2021: Upcycling Projects using Community Forklift materials
October 2021: Projects created with salvage from Community Forklift
September 2021: Upcycling Projects Created with Salvaged Materials


Would you like to share a project that you’ve completed using salvaged materials from Community Forklift? Send photos and a short description to outreach@CommunityForklift.org or tag us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs.