What We Do
|Build It Green!NYC's Brooklyn Reuse Center with staff on their bikes!|
Build It Green!NYC (BIG!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. View our current inventory on our shop page!
BIG!NYC's mission is to keep these materials out of the landfill, while offering deep discounts on their resale. We accept drop-off donations seven days a week, offer free pick up services for large donations and provide deconstruction services for skim salvage of interiors. 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 support local environmental initiatives, such as the NYC Compost Project, BIG!Compost , BIG!Millworks, BIG!Blooms and BIG!Gives Back.
|Panoramic shot of the interior of Build It Green!NYC in Astoria, Queens|
A donation of bowling alley lanes arrives at
Build It Green!NYC's reuse center in Astoria, Queens
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
• architectural details
• plumbing hardware
• stage flats
• antique pedestal sinks & clawfut tubs
• used books
• metal studs
• marble, granite
• film & theater props, flats, jacks
• and much, much more...
A Better NYC:
All proceeds help support BIG!NYC'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 One. Solar One 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, contractors, film studios, interior designers and other businesses 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!