Local 'salvage program' helps protect environment

Local 'salvage program' helps protect...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - A recently-launched Habitat for Humanity program is helping protect our environment.

Habitat for Humanity's Salvage Program was launched in 2016 as a way to both help the environment and families in our area.

Program volunteers remove materials like cabinets, light fixtures, doors and more from houses and businesses that will be demolished.

The materials are then recycled, re-purposed and sold at the Habitat Restore. It's all done to help prevent  the materials from entering local landfills.

Rather than burying unwanted furniture and material, Habitat for Humanity volunteers are finding ways to both prevent waste and help families in need.

"So once the items get pulled from the house, they'll go to the restore, where they'll price them and they'll be at a discounted price where people that maybe have problems paying for things, can get a quality product," said Dan Benjamin, a consulting specialist with Habitat for Humanity.

Volunteers say the work has a long-term impact on the community.

"It's almost as important as building a new home for people, or maybe even more because this can be used, it's used things that are good yet and it helps the Habitat have a little bit of money to build the next house," said Belinda Weinberg, a volunteer.

 In 2016, the program salvaged materials from six homes and businesses, preventing over 14 tons of materials from making their way to local landfills.

"It's nice to see that what we would have maybe taken as garbage, is now at least getting a chance and that helps prevent waste and things like that and I feel that's a good thing to have in our community that we're not throwing much away or burning it in our incinerator," Benjamin said.

"More people should be involved, it's rewarding," Weinberg said.

The program helped provide $10,000 in material donations to the habitat restore.

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