Just because wood is a renewable, biodegradable resource doesn’t mean we should toss it in a landfill when buildings are demolished. When removed with care, wood can be reused for a variety of purposes or it can be recycled into products like mulch or chips for fabricated woods. Whether you’re about to do a demo and want to know where to bring your wood, or if you’re doing a building project and would like to find reused wood, the North American Wood Reuse & Recycling Directory is exactly what you’re looking for.
The American Wood Council (AWC) and Canadian Wood Council (CWC) have partnered with Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA) to develop this useful online North American directory. Simply enter your location and how far you’re willing to drive and the directory will reveal all of the resources near you. Filter by keywords and materials to refine your search. You can even create your own, personal list of resources.
Visit ReuseWood.org to use this handy tool.
The American Wood Council (AWC) is the voice of North American wood products manufacturing, representing over 75 percent of an industry that provides approximately 400,000 men and women with family-wage jobs. AWC members make products that are essential to everyday life from a renewable resource that absorbs and sequesters carbon. Staff experts develop state-of-the-art engineering data, technology, and standards for wood products to assure their safe and efficient design, as well as provide information on wood design, green building, and environmental regulations. AWC also advocates for balanced government policies that affect wood products.
The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) is the national association representing manufacturers of Canadian wood products used in construction. CWC is a strong advocate for the use of life-cycle assessment and communication about the environmental attributes through the use of Environmental Product Declarations. CWC provides technical and knowledge transfer services relating to codes, standards and regulations. The CWC’s vision is a ‘Wood First’ culture in North American where wood products are recognized as the sustainable building material of choice for residential and non-residential construction.
The BMRA works to create a vibrant building materials reuse economy as part of a world without waste. We do this by providing educational resources to our members in the reuse industry, and through targeted outreach and advocacy to the existing construction & demolition (C&D) industry as well as to the general public.
Our mission is to advance the recovery, reuse, and recycling of building materials in such a way to:
- Reduce the consumption of new resources
- Reduce landfill waste
- Create a value-added market and increase cost effectiveness
- Expand job opportunities and workforce development skills
- Promote the sustainability of communities and the environment through resource preservation
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