Recycling Where You Might Not Expect It: Habitat for Humanity
When you think about the amazing home-building efforts of Habitat for Humanity, recycling is not the first thing that comes to mind. They do a great job of getting their vision across as this is what we think of when we think about Habitat:
“To empower families by securing their own homes, transform neighborhoods, improve the quality of life within the communities we serve and positively affect the lives of partner families, volunteers and others that come into contact with Habitat.”
But along with the 43 homes they’ve built since its inception in 1987, our local affiliate, Habitat for Humanity of Burlington County, as well as other affiliates, also contribute significantly to diverting waste from the landfills. These recycling efforts come from their “ReStore.” The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a facility where donations are made from construction companies, builders, etc. of items they may have purchased in excess, discontinued items, pieces from rehabs as well as single donations from the average home owner or renter looking to make a change. All items are either brand new or used and in very good condition. Items from cabinets to windows, lamps to couches, even paint and knick knacks. Everything except the kitchen sink…oh wait! They have them too! The stores are run by both employees and volunteers and are open to the public. All sales made at the ReStore support the Habitat for Humanity’s Affordable Housing Program. Shopping at the ReStore can save you 50-90% off retail and helps to save the landfills. In 2014, ReStores across the country diverted 128,000 tons of garbage from going to the landfill. The Burlington County affiliate has saved over 3,575 tons from the landfill since they opened in 2006. Talk about recycling!!
If you are interested in donating to Habitat for Humanity or shopping at any one of their ReStore locations across the country, visit habitat.org for more information and store locations.