If you have usable building materials and household goods, donating them for a good cause just got easier. A South Sound Habitat for Humanity drop-off site is now open at the Waste and Recovery Center's Recycling Facility. Thurston County Solid Waste funded the start-up costs for the new site through a grant from the Department of Ecology.
The Recycling Facility contains Habitat and Goodwill donation stations and recycling for plastic, glass, paper, cardboard and Styrofoam. Hazardous materials can be taken to the HazoHouse and there are even stations for used motor oil, oil filters, and used cooking oil.
The idea was to create one-stop service for reuse, recycling and trash at our transfer station. Contractors and residents can drop off recyclable or reusable items before they go through the tollhouse, so that saves them money while conserving resources.
The Habitat donation station accepts the same items as the South Sound Habitat for Humanity Store locations in Olympia and Yelm. This includes working appliances, cabinets, doors, flooring, furniture, light fixtures, hardware, lumber, plumbing, roofing, and non-aluminum windows. Donating materials provides a tax deduction and allows you to skip the cost of disposal. Habitat resells the items at their Store locations and uses the proceeds to build housing for low-income families.
Construction and demolition debris is a big percentage of the waste stream. Fortunately, much of it is reusable or recyclable, and keeping it out of the trash can save you money. For example, recycling building materials at Recovery 1 in Tacoma costs about half as much per ton as sending it to the landfill. Thurston County Solid Waste maintains a database at www.WhereDoITakeMy.org that contains locations to take many types of reusable and recyclable materials.
May 13, 2014/TC Press Release