Monday AM November 16th, 2009

The City of Houston has a warehouse that takes donations of building materials and makes it available free of charge to non-profit organizations. Ed Mayberry reports.


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Reuse warehouse iconThe Building Materials Reuse Warehouse has diverted some 80 tons of construction and demolition material from area landfills to date.  Numerous non-profit, educational and community development groups have put tons of wood and other materials to reuse.  Warehouse manager Keith Koski says organizations like Habitat for Humanity recycle gently-used building materials in their work.

“They actually come and take materials from us from time to time.  They just came last week and took a large truckload.  And also Carolyn Stevens with Habitat for Humanity runs a deconstruction crew, so they take buildings apart and get reusable material.  And often we get buildings from contractors.  Homebuilder Justin Gordon gave us two entire houses to take apart that he was going to demolish.”

Koski says the number one need is for reusable lumber.

“When we get lumber, siding, plywood, two-by-fours, that kind of thing. Lumber gets used very quickly.  Also bricks are good because heavy items that go into the landfill cost the most, so the more weight we can divert — through cement products, and masonry, concrete blocks, bricks — those are easily reusable.  Air conditioning duct work, plumbing.  Doors are a very popular reused product.”

More than a dozen individuals and companies have donated at least a ton of reusable material to the warehouse. 

Ed Mayberry, KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.

Donations can be made at the City of Houston’s Building Materials Reuse Warehouse at 9003 North Main at Whitney, one block north of Crosstimbers.  Exit Crosstimbers from I-45 North and go west to Main, or take North Main Street exit from the North Loop 610 and head north.  Check or call Keith Koski at 281-814-3324.


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