Waste not, want not
WallGoldfinger, a maker of high-end corporate furniture in Randolph, Vt., is turning waste products into profits for other Vermont businesses and further reducing its impact on the environment. Call it recycling, upcycling, reusing or waste diversion, whatever the title, the concept is simple. Products like pieces of plywood, medium density fiberboard (MDF) and veneer too small to use on WallGoldfinger’s expansive boardroom tables and other products are being set aside for woodworking-related companies or organizations rather than ending up in a landfill. The wood products waste goes to ReSOURCE, a Burlington, Vt.-based non-profit focused on providing environmental services, poverty relief, and education and job skills training. Last year the program diverted 16,531 pounds of waste from the landfill to ReSOURCE which operates a building materials store in Burlington. Raw materials from WallGoldfinger go to the store and are used by staff, volunteers and trainees to produce what the non-profit calls Waste-Not-Products sold in the store.