Big Reuse Executive Director Justin Green highlights some of the big things we can do with a non-profit model for salvage and sales of building materials and home furnishings.
Big Reuse is a nonprofit organization. Many of our customers don’t know Big Reuse is a nonprofit because we look like a regular business.
But Big Reuse is definitely not a regular business. First of all, as a non-profit we are owned by the community. All net revenue goes back into the community, expanding our efforts to divert materials from the landfill for reuse and local green initiatives.
And we make sure a lot of materials get reused. Each year, we divert 4 million lbs of building materials – most of which would have gone into the landfills or been incinerated.
Our community composting program with Department of Sanitation diverts over 1 million lbs of organics – which we collect and compost locally. Last year, we worked with over 750 volunteers to use our compost to improve damaged soils street tree beds and community gardens.
Green Living Wage Jobs
Our reuse centers support 20 green living wage jobs. Our starting wage is $15 an hour with benefits. We work with the Young Adult Internship Program to provide 3 month paid work placements for 30 trainees each year. We hire many of our outstanding team from these training programs.
You can help
As a nonprofit, we rely on donations and volunteers to keep us going. You can help us fulfill our mission by donating your used building materials and furniture and by volunteering at our Reuse Centers or Compost Processing Site.