Reuse Resources and Useful Links

To donate or recycle building materials

  • Community Forklift
  • The Builders Recycling Guide – A directory of options for recycling or donating construction and demolition materials in the Washington, DC area.  Very useful resource for contractors & property managers!
  • Unbuild-Rebuild.org Directory -This Directory contains listings of architectural salvage, reuse, deconstruction and related firms and non-profit organizations in the Mid-Atlantic states.
  • Building Materials Reuse Association Directory – A listing of architectural salvage, reuse, and deconstruction companies and non-profits around the country
  • Loading Dock National Reuse Directory – A listing of architectural salvage, reuse, and deconstruction companies and non-profits around the country
  • Reuse Development Organization – A listing of architectural salvage, reuse, and deconstruction companies and non-profits around the country
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore resale outlet directory – A nationwide directory of reuse stores run by Habitat for Humanity.
  • DC Go Green Deconstruction – Recycle a whole room – or even an entire house! Go Green provides deconstruction services as an alternative to bulldozing and demolition in the Washington metro area. With deconstruction, building materials from a tear-down or major renovation project are salvaged for reuse and donated to organizations like Community Forklift rather than dumped in a landfill.

To donate or recycle other items

Office Furniture & Commercial Supplies

The DC Materials Exchange A listserve for donating office furniture & supplies, commercial equipment, and large lots of miscellaneous items to nonprofits in the DC area.  It’s a great way to dispose of large quantities of items (for example:  50 office chairs at once)

Arts & Craft Supplies

SCRAP-DC  (202) 827-4547 SCRAP-DC is a nonprofit doing for DC artists and crafters what Community Forklift does for home improvement enthusiasts. Check them out to donate leftovers, buy cheap office and art supplies, or join them for one of their many fun activities. SCRAP-DC also collects trash for TerraCycle, a company that turns a long-list of waste items into new products.

Mattresses, Dishes, & Furniture

A Wider Circle  (301) 608-3504 This Silver Spring nonprofit redistributes furniture and home goods to individuals and families transitioning out of battered womens’ or homeless family shelters or to those simply living without life’s necessities. In order to restore dignity into the lives of their clients, they ask that all furniture items are in good condition, with no rips or stains. Due to recent recalls, they are unable to accept drop-side cribs.

Mission of Love  (301) 333-4440 The Mission of Love Charities of Capitol Heights, Maryland, is a multifaceted nonprofit health and human services organization dedicated to helping the underserved by providing free programs and services designed to meet their immediate and short-term needs. While we continue to accept clothing, household amenities, we are constantly in need of good usable furniture as well as other household items that could be used to get a family off to a good start as they find housing.

Goodwill (202) 636-4225 Goodwill of Greater Washington’s mission is to transform lives and communities through the power of education and employment. We accept gently used clothing, furniture, housewares, working electronics and many other items. These items are then resold through our chain of thrift stores and the revenues help fund our employment, free job training and placement services for people with disabilities and disadvantages.

OTHER USEFUL GREEN BUSINESS & NONPROFIT LINKS (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)

All Eco Design Center All Eco Design Center is an all new design showroom dedicated to everything eco-friendly. Flooring, countertops, kitchen and bath accessories, LED lighting, solar & more. From high-efficiency dual flush toilets to tiles made from recycled tires, it’s here.

Amicus Green Building The Amicus Green Building Center is a one-stop source of genuine green products, resources, and expert support to help you create a healthy, environmentally friendly, stylish, energy smart and sustainable building. The Center is open to the public. Architects, designers, building professionals, and the general public are welcome.

Anacostia Hours, Inc. (301) 927-6216 4101 29th Street, Mt. Rainier , MD 20712 A local currency that promotes local economic strength, community self-reliance, economic and social justice, and community participation. GLUT – see food section

Anacostia Watershed Society The Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) is a local, 501(c)3 non-profit environmental organization that is working to protect and restore the Anacostia River and its watershed. AWS seeks to fulfill its mandate of a swimmable and fishable river through its programs of education, action, and advocacy.

The Brass Knob The Brass Knob specializes in architectural antiques and salvage for restorations and renovations, as well as new construction. Ideal for both commercial and residential projects, The Brass Knob stocks authentic antique hardware, restored lighting, mantels, stained glass, and a variety of decorative items in its nearly 3,000-square-foot retail space. Our one-of-a-kind items range in period, scale and price for all budgets, tastes, and projects; our inventory is constantly replenished with new finds, many of which come directly from the Washington DC area.

Building Materials Reuse Association The BMRA is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to facilitate building deconstruction and the reuse/recycling of recovered building materials. They have a useful national directory of reuse stores similar to Community Forklift searchable by state.

Green America This fantastic organization helps you make sustainable choices in your personal life, and join with others in economic action to work for a better world. They provide information about going green, Fair Trade products, the social and environmental rankings of large companies, avoiding sweatshop and child labor products, socially-responsible investing, and more. Search their National Green Pages directory (http://www.greenpages.org/) to find green products and services from thousands of businesses committed to social and environmental responsibility.

The Green Building Institute in Jessup, MD The Green Building Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving Northern VA, DC, and MD, educates the public and building and design professionals about sustainable building practices and technologies. They offer programs on various elements of green building, including rainwater collection, energy efficiency, and solar energy.

Green Family Market Use this website to find green, safer, earth-friendly and organic alternatives for the products you need to take care of your family, home and garden. Just click on a category and view a list of companies and web site links you can visit to shop for everything from organic baby food to non-toxic pesticides.

Green Industry Resource Green Industry Resource is simply an organized online database of eco-friendly building goods, services and information. It is comprised of two major search mechanisms: Green Industry Resource Directory and Green Industry Resource Search Engine.

Green Mortgages – Energy Efficient Mortgage Guide Green, or “Energy efficient” mortgages, let you borrow extra money to pay for energy efficient upgrades to your current home or a new or old home that you plan to buy. The result is a more environmentally friendly living space that uses fewer resources for heating and cooling and has dramatically lower utility costs. The types of things that are covered include upgrades that you may have thought you couldn’t afford like double paned windows, tankless water heaters, modern HVAC systems, and new insulation.

Green Remodeling for the Real World™ An article by Andy Ault of Little River Carpentry

Mt Rainier Bike Co-op MRBC is a community, volunteer-run bike shop where you can learn to work on your own bicycle! Throughout the year, we offer bike mechanics classes, an earn-a-bike program, and open shop hours for ages 6-adult.

Mt Rainier Tool Shed The Mount Rainier Community Tool Shed is a collection of hand and power tools that can be used at no cost by residents, businesses, and community groups of Mount Rainier, Maryland, to help improve their property. With initial funding provided by the Prince George’s County Livable Communities Initiative, the Tool Shed’s purpose is to increase the beauty of Mount Rainier through home repairs, yard improvements, and care of public spaces.

National Building Museum The National Building Museum is located in DC, and dedicated to exploring and celebrating architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning. They often have workshops, exhibitions, and events dedicated to sustainable design and green building.

Port Towns Community Development Corporation The Port Towns CDC is working for economic development in Bladensburg, Colmar Manor, Cottage City, and Edmonston, Maryland.

US Green Building Council The US Green Building Council is a national organization that focuses on providing green building resources, education and leadership around the country. The local affiliate provides classes to help keep green builders competitive in the overall market as well as staying educated on the most recent green developments.

RESOURCES FOR HOME IMPROVEMENT & GOING GREEN

Tips and Resources for hiring a Contractor or Tradesperson

How to find a good contractor

Where to check if your contractor or tradesperson is licensed – before you sign a contract!

Tips for hiring and working with a contractor (and how to avoid getting ripped off)

State Government Resources and Information for Going Green