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Did you know that Community Forklift has successfully completed Co-op America's screening process for socially and environmentally responsible green businesses? We are now in their National Green Pages™ directory!
What We Do
The problem: When producing new building materials, serious environmental damage is caused by harvesting, mining, and transportation across continents. Then, we fill our landfills and incinerators with the old stuff – construction and demolition debris makes up OVER HALF of our nation’s solid waste! Contractors and manufacturers need to clear out leftovers and excess inventory, and have to throw away brand new items. During renovations, homeowners often have to toss out perfectly good things, like gently-used cabinets or appliances.
The solution: Building material reuse is an alternative that just makes sense! Donors can avoid dumping fees, and earn tax deductions. Part of our inventory comes from deconstruction, in which a building is carefully taken apart by skilled laborers instead of demolished. This creates jobs, and can cost less than traditional demolition. Instead of paying dumping fees, property owners earn tax deductions. Construction careers are created through job training in deconstruction. The materials can be sold cheaply, so homeowners and small businesses can afford repairs – making neighborhoods cleaner and safer. We are also a resource for nonprofits, churches, and temples that fix up homes for the elderly or disadvantaged. Schools, artists, and theatre groups can buy low-cost art materials or props. Renovators can find antique trim to preserve historic buildings. Local governments receive less debris at landfills and incinerators, saving money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Everyone benefits from less waste and a cleaner environment!
Community Forklift aims to:
Surplus materials are new, sometimes still in the original packaging. Homeowners, contractors, or manufacturers donate them due to changes in project plans, excess materials, ordering mistakes, minor flaws, or discontinued brands.
Salvaged materials have been used, and still have useful life left in them. Our inventory changes every day, but we usually have cabinets, tools, hardware, radiators, lumber, trim, flooring, plumbing fixtures, paint, doors, windows, lighting, appliances, HVAC, landscaping materials, and more!
Architectural Salvage and Specialty Items To satisfy the demand for more valuable, unusual items, we also have products from consignment partners. This includes antique light fixtures, vintage décor, ironware, primitives, and more in our Salvage Arts department; raw-edge hardwood planks from Treincarnation; handcrafted granite tables, radiator shelves, and other items from Rox Produx, and reconditioned appliances from Alco Repair.
By donating to Community Forklift, you avoid dumping fees AND receive a tax deduction!
Building material donations can be made during store hours up until half an hour before we close. Call 301-985-5180 to find out what we’re currently accepting, or click HERE for more details.
Your donations will support: