Whether you are doing a remodel, a renovation or building new, it is surprising to find how many useable materials end up in site dumpsters. It seems like such a shame but these items can be effectively recycled and help the Habitat For Humanity organization at the same time.

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are building supply stores that accept and resell quality new and used building materials. They generate funds to support Habitat’s building programs, while reducing the amount of used materials that are headed for overflowing landfills.  The end result? An environmentally friendly store that makes sense for the whole community!

What types of items do the ReStores accept and sell? Windows, doors, paint, hardware, lumber, tools, lighting fixtures and even the kitchen sink!  Items are donated daily so each trip will bring you something new!  For the do-it-yourselfer, the ReStore is  a treasure trove of supplies for inexpensive renovations and household projects. 

What materials can be donated to ReStores? Pretty much any reusable building material or tools are accepted at the ReStores. Instead of throwing building material surplus or gently used materials in the garbage, just call your local ReStore to find out if your materials can be used somewhere else. Some ReStores will even arrange for pickup of larger items.

Retailers and manufacturers often donate end-of-line, scratch-and-dent, discontinued inventory, paint mis-tints and customer returns to their closest ReStore and avoid the cost of returning them to the manufacturer.

The ReStore section of the Habitat For Humanity website includes a listing of all of the ReStores from coast to coast. If you are not familiar with the Habitat for Humanity organization, their site includes ample information on their mission and how you can participate.  It’s a great experience!