Waste not, want not

Australasian Timber - - NEWS -

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.

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