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|Habitat for Humanity's Recycle Yard|
|Volunteers recycling wood molding|
North Carolina Department of Transportation Habitat for Humanity, Wake County
This unique partnership utilizes an innovative approach for reducing landfill material. Right-of-way acquisition for highway construction in Wake County is now involving the community in the process of recycling building materials. Instead of demolishing the existing homes located within the planned alignment of a new road, volunteers deconstruct selected homes and salvage materials, such as wood flooring, cabinets, doors, windows, and appliances to be sold by Habitat for Humanity to the general public at reduced prices, and the money is used to purchase materials for Habitat houses. The success of this program has initiated other partnerships across the State with Habitat for Humanity. The community involvement along with the economic, social, and environmental benefits of this transportation program helps demonstrate to the public the added value of recycling a product that normally would be discarded as waste.
Windows and doors ready for reuse.
North Carolina Department of Transportation, Division 5 Marie Sutton
Habitat for Humanity of Wake County Ryan Jacoby