Start Your Project Green!
Whether you’re remodeling, renovating, or razing a building, start your project green by deconstructing first. Recycle Utah is proud to partner with The ReUse People of America (TRP) – an environmental non-profit dedicated to “reducing the solid waste stream and changing the way the built environment is renewed by salvaging building materials and distributing them for reuse.”
TRP ensures the careful removal of everything from cabinets, flooring and fixtures, up to the entire structure – lumber and all. Harvested materials are donated to The ReUse People yielding a substantial tax deduction for you, significantly reducing your project costs along the way. These materials are taken to Recycle Utah in Park City, UT where the public can purchase them for well below retail. By deconstructing and donating your unwanted building materials to TRP, you also support Recycle Utah and its mission! It’s a win-win-win: for your pocket, the community, and our environment.
WHAT IS BUILDING DECONSTRUCTION?
Deconstruction is an environmentally friendly alternative to demolition. Buildings are carefully dismantled to salvage as many of the reusable materials as possible, diverting them from local landfills. Salvaged items typically include doors, windows, cabinets, lighting and plumbing fixtures, framing lumber, roofing materials, and flooring. Up to 85% or more of a building’s materials can be reused or recycled.
WHY IS DECONSTRUCTION BETTER THAN TRADITIONAL DEMOLITION?
Deconstruction trumps demolition financially, socially, and environmentally every time. The deconstruction and donation of building materials creates a tax deduction that can substantially offset your project costs; it often covers your total deconstruction costs (See the chart below for an example of how deconstruction compares to demolition.)
Deconstruction also improves our communities by keeping useful, quality materials in the market for purchase by those on limited budgets. More jobs are created too by deconstructing thereby putting even more money into your local economy, not to mention delaying increased tipping fees at our over-burdened landfills. Finally, the embedded energy and natural resources in salvaged building materials means less extraction from our forests and mines, less waste in our landfills, and fewer harmful pollutants in our air and water. No matter how you look at it, deconstruction beats demolition every time!
HOW MUCH WILL MY DONATION AND TAX-SAVINGS BE?
Every home and its owner(s) are unique, so this must be assessed individually. At no cost, a TRP representative will visit your project site to help line-up the 3 financial figures you need to know most: estimated donation value, appraisal cost*, and a bid for doing the work. After you get these numbers, and speak with your tax-preparer or CPA, you can determine your likely tax deduction, and accurately compare the final cost of deconstruction to demolition.
(*Because material donations often exceed $5000 – the IRS threshold for self-determined valuing of your charitable donation – an independent IRS-qualified appraiser may be needed.)
The chart below shows the donation value from actual projects TRP has done locally and nationally.
WHO DOES THE WORK?
Materials are professionally removed by Certified Deconstruction Contractors. Our CDC’s are licensed and insured contractors vetted and trained by TRP according to industry standards and best practices in building salvage, inventory, and material transport. TRP can also provide training to your builder, remodeler, or demolition company to do this work. Contact your local TRP here.
WHAT KINDS OF PROJECTS ARE BEST FOR DECONSTRUCTION?
Everything from a small kitchen remodel to an entire building can benefit from deconstruction. Residences usually have more universally reusable materials, but we’ve deconstructed commercial and industrial spaces too. Your local TRP representative can determine if your demolition is a good candidate for salvage and donation.
WHEN SHOULD I BEGIN CONSIDERING IF DECONSTRUCTION WILL WORK FOR MY PROJECT?
The earlier the better, but around the time you are choosing an architect or contractor is best. Tell them you want to “start your project green” by investigating the benefits of deconstruction first. Generally 2-week notice is needed, but you can call us anytime before your project starts.
WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?
Please contact Recycle Utah to set up your deconstruction consultation.
Your local TRP Representative