Landfills


Why Do We Demolish Buildings Instead of Deconstructing Them For Re-Use?

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October 9, 2018
Dismantling buildings piece by piece to preserve the reusable parts within keeps materials out of landfills and creates more jobs than demolition.

Just a few years after starting a non-profit reselling used building materials in the early 1990s, Ted Reiff’s organization, The ReUse People, hit a wall. “We couldn’t get enough materials to supply the demand,” he says. Despite tons of donated and salvaged doors, windows and structural beams coming in to his San Diego-based operation, the amount of people seeking cheap materials for homebuilding and renovation projects was overwhelming. “We were constantly getting cleared out every day.”

Staten Island Stink-Bomb Landfill Gets Makeover

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Date: 
November 1, 2010
The Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island was, for decades, the largest landfill in the world, taking in up to 29,000 tons a day of New York City trash for sequestration in what used to be a nice stretch of tidal wetland.

But after the last shipment of junk was unloaded back in 2001, the city saw an opportunity to give this 2,200-acre landfill—where the trash was piled nearly as high as the Statue of Liberty in some places—a more beautiful future.