Building material salvage, reuse, and recycling for homeowners
Many building materials have the potential to be salvaged and reused or recycled. In fact, about 85 percent of the materials in a typical demolition project could be salvaged and kept out of landfills. But currently, only about 30 percent of building materials are reused or recycled.
Hennepin County provides resources and incentives to homeowners and developers to deconstruct structures rather than demolish them and to salvage building materials. Deconstruction involves carefully dismantling buildings to salvage materials for reuse. Commonly salvaged building materials include old growth lumber, doors, flooring, cabinets, and fixtures.