Oregon awards grant for C&D materials salvage program
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
has awarded a $46,328 solid waste grant to Deschutes County to bolster
a program that reuses construction and demolition material from home
building through a building surplus resale program.
The grant is among 13 awarded this year by DEQ to help communities promote
solid waste prevention/reduction and conduct household hazardous waste
programs. DEQ is awarding $370,402 in grants this year.
The Deschutes County grant will be directed to the Bend Area Habitat
for Humanity’s “ReStore Construction and Demolition Materials Salvage
Program.” Deschutes County and Habitat for Humanity are providing a match
The grant will allow ReStore, a building surplus store, to broaden the
amount of recycled construction and home building materials it collects
through material donations from area home builders. ReStore collects
the discarded construction and demolition materials and sells them at
a discount to the public. It contributes profits to the construction
of affordable housing through the Bend Area Habitat for Humanity.
Expansion of the program is expected to forge new partnerships with five
of the area’s top builders, with a goal of diverting 60,000 linear feet
of lumber from the Deschutes County Landfill each month.
The program is not only expected to benefit local residents looking for
affordable materials, but will also help local home builders attain more
sustainable practices by not discarding their unused or waste building
material. Builders will also benefit from avoiding disposal fees used
to pay the landfill for disposal of the lumber and other materials that
will be picked up free of charge by ReStore staff.