* BIG!NYC's reuse centers are on their way to divert 4,000,000 pounds of usable building materials from the landfill in 2013.
* Our diversion rate reduces climate change emission by 3,200 MTCOE, which is like saving 360,000 gallons of gas.
* BIG!Compost has diverted 267,230 pounds of food scraps and given away 159,240 pounds of compost and 49,620 pounds of mulch so far this year.
* BIG!Blooms has given away 5,345 pieces of retired lumber to build 2,226 garden beds in over 1,269 community and school gardens in NYC.
* BIG!Gives Back has given away $300,000 worth of materials benefiting NYC's community and environment.
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What We Do
Build It Green! NYC, is New York City's only non-profit retail outlet for salvaged and surplus building materials. Our reuse centers have everything from panel doors to high end refrigerators, window shutters to reclaimed lumber, kitchen cabinet sets to salvaged flooring. Our mission is to keep these materials out of the landfill, while offering deep discounts on their resale. We are working towards reducing the amount of unnecessary construction and demolition (C&D) waste clogging our landfills, which contributes to pollution, GHG emissions, climate change and global warming.
Founded in late 2004, our Queens warehouse opened in February of 2005. Our second reuse center opened in Brooklyn in November 2011. Both reuse centers are open seven days a week. In addition to our two reuse centers, we also support local environmental initiatives, such as BIG!Compost in Western Queens. We are sponsored by Community Environmental Center (CEC) www.cecenter.org.
We have TONS of materials on sale at 40-80% off their new prices:
• sinks, bathtubs and toilets
• trim, moulding, dimensional lumber
• kitchen cabinet sets
• used appliances
• metal studs
• marble, granite
• film & theater props, flats, jacks
• and much, much more...
A Better NYC:
All proceeds help support BIG!NYC and CEC's environmental initiatives around the city, including BIG!Compost, BIG!Blooms retired scaffolding program for raised garden beds at community gardens, BIG!Gives Back donation program for non-profits and community groups, and so much more. Previous programs have included NYC Cool Roofs, Film Biz Recycling, and education programs at Solar 1. Solar 1 provides education programs in local schools, covering topics such as renewable energy and the East River ecosystem. They also host environmental lectures, and arts events throughout the year.
Did you know that over 19,000 tons* of building material are thrown out every day in New York City? (* according to PlaNYC's 2011 chapter "Solid Waste"). These materials are clogging our landfills, releasing carbon into the atmosphere, and creating a need for more materials to be manufactured. Reuse is a logical and environmentally friendly alternative to discarding durable materials. Reuse just makes sense, economically and environmentally.
Where do the materials come from?
Salvaged materials have been taken from a variety of buildings about to be demolished or remodeled in New York City. Surplus materials have been donated by building suppliers and contractors interested in protecting the environment and reducing their waste. And many materials have been donated by someone just like you! Thinking of replacing things around your house? Consider their usefulness to someone else and bring them down any time we're open!