Reuse and recycle
Recycling is a big part of the Habitat Story, even if it’s not what you think of first when you think of Habitat. Yes, our mission is to build safe, decent, affordable housing in Whatcom County, but behind the scenes we’re doing a big job every day to keep unwanted household items, overstocked or slightly damages building supplies, and excess scrap metal from winding up in landfills, which are the largest single source of human-caused methane (a greenhouse gas) in America. Almost 90% of what Americans throw away every day could potentially be repaired, reused, or resold.
Landfills are not sustainable. Repurposing, repairing, reselling, and recycling of unwanted household items, building supplies, and scrap metal is sustainable.
Last year alone Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County received 1,242 tons of miscellaneous construction materials that were donated to our Habitat Store that would have otherwise gone into a landfill. In that same period, more than 150,000 donated items were sold in our Habitat Store (all the items we sell are donated). Donations range from furniture to housewares to dining sets to construction materials and bulk donations of flooring, wood, etc. On average, Habitat recycles over 50 tons of metal every year. Even the trees we must cut down on our various build sites are either milled into usable lumber for building, or reused in landscaping on build sites.
The Whatcom community has been very generous in supporting our Habitat Store through daily donations. Click the button below to learn more about the items we’re always looking for, and to learn how to make a donation to our Store.