Build it and they will come. Tear it down and they can recycle it!

There’s a huge pile of it when a building is torn down. There is a dumpster full of it when a house is remodeled. It’s called construction and demolition waste, and the good news is most of it can be reused or recycled.

Construction and demolition materials consist of the debris generated during the construction, renovation and demolition of homes, buildings, roads and bridges. And all of us — from construction companies to private residents — can play a role in giving it a second life.

Habitat-ReStore-RequirementsDonate it

Habitat ReStore accepts donations of new and used building materials and furniture from individuals, contractors and retailers. The donated materials are made available to the public at discounted prices. Profits support Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build decent, affordable homes for low-income families to own.

This Habitat ReStore Kansas City guide (PDF) lists all building materials you can donate.

Deconstruct it

Deconstruction is the process of hand-dismantling rooms, homes or buildings in order to salvage useable portions. The Habitat ReStore Kansas City uses trained and certified deconstruction contractors for whole-house removal. ReStore also has crews that handle partial deconstruction jobs like kitchen, bath and deck removal.

Choosing deconstruction has many advantages, including:

  • Reduced costs through tax deductions.
  • Reduced environmental impact when removing the building.
  • Creating new, livable-wage jobs in the Kansas City area.
  • Supplying Habitat ReStore with quality, affordable building materials which are made available for public reuse.

Take it to a landfill or transfer station

There are several landfills and transfer stations in the Kansas City metro area that recycle certain building materials, including metal, asphalt, concrete, wood waste and roofing materials. Landfills and transfer stations charge a fee for accepting materials. For more information, visit and search for “building materials” under “I want to recycle.”

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