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St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity helping recycle unwanted building materials – TCPalm

St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity has a deconstruction program to help community members divert tons of unwanted building and home materials from our local landfill.

By systematically dismantling a building or house piece-by-piece, the salvaged materials can be recycled, repurposed, or reused.

Leftover or unwanted furniture, kitchen cabinets, HVAC systems, hardwood floors, decorative items, appliances, and antiques are removed from the building/deconstruction site and sold in one of the two St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity ReStore locations.

Proceeds will help build affordable shelter in partnership with local families and community members.

A recent call from a Fort Pierce family living on Hutchinson Island, and wanting to remodel their two-story river-view home, turned in to a week-long salvage project for St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity.

“Our trained volunteer group meets on the deconstruction site for however long it takes to dismantle the home,” said Joseph Gianna, director of Construction Services. “At this latest deconstruction on the Island, we managed to salvage four ReStore truckloads, or several tons worth of material. We’re more than happy to get those calls for our services.”

Answering the call for volunteers, Paulina Hinojosa, an employee from UnitedHealthcare, said, “I try to take advantage of every opportunity to give back to the community that has been so generous to me.”

Hinojosa was assigned to help dismantle backyard patio pavers, which she said was a hot, dirty and extremely satisfying assignment.

Find a nearby ReStore

St. Lucie County has two Habitat ReStore locations:

  • 2904 Okeechobee Road, Fort Pierce, 772-460-6336
  • 10185 S. US 1, Port St. Lucie, 772-249-0792.

Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. Free donation pick-up is available by calling 772-249-0792.

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