Salvaging Materials

We rescue materials and their stories.

Everyone knows to reduce, reuse, and recycle common household items, but what do you do with building materials such as a cabinet set, door, or dining room flooring. With a little strategy and care, those items can also be reused and recycled. Here at The RE Store, our licensed and insured salvage crew is able to save up to 90% of a structures desirable materials for reuse. Available for sale to our customers at The RE Store, salvaged materials then live on in the homes and buildings of our community.

The basics of building salvage

Building deconstruction refers to the process of taking apart a structure piece-by-piece for the purpose of reuse and recycling. Deconstruction is also referred to as green demolition, salvage, or architectural salvage. Deconstruction has been around since humans first began to build structures. Why harvest new materials when you can reuse old materials? But around the time of the Great Depression, governments and manufacturers began to utilize the idea of planned obsolescence to lift economies out of depression. This meant that buildings were demolished en-masse in order to make way for new construction projects.

In the early 1990’s, with the rise of sustainable practices, building deconstruction began gaining popularity as a responsible alternative to traditional demolition. Where traditional demolition uses heavy machinery to smash and wreck, modern deconstruction uses a skilled crew to save, reuse, and recycle as much material as possible.

The environmental benefits of salvage

In Whatcom County, the materials that we throw away end up in landfills along the Columbia River in Washington and Oregon. Out of site, out of mind, right? Not quite. Each year, landfills are the third largest source of methane production around the world, accounting for 11% of all methane worldwide. Unfortunately, many of our landfills are made up of as much as 60% construction and waste debris – often from demolition and home renovation projects.

Perfectly good flooring, cabinets, trim, doors and windows have no place in our landfills. Deconstruction can save these materials for reuse, and everything else that can’t be saved can often be recycled. Older homes and buildings are made of lumber that is literally irreplaceable, milled decades ago from old growth forests that grew untouched for hundreds of years. Old growth lumber is invaluable, as it is nearly impossible to find today, and makes for an unbeatable building material: it is beautiful enough for fine woodworking, but it’s also stronger and more resistant to fire, bug damage, rot, and fungus than most lumber used in construction today.

Enlist our salvage crew to remove your structure

If you’re planning to remodel, remove, or renovate consider enlisting the help of our salvage crew. As a licensed and bonded demolition contractor, our salvage crew has decades of combined experience coming up with and executing these plans for all kinds of deconstruction projects, big and small. That means from the roof to the foundation, we can help maximize reusable and recyclable materials yields and divert all kinds of building materials out of the waste stream.

We specialize in the removal of:
  • Kitchen furnishings,
  • Bathroom fixtures,
  • Wood Flooring,
  • Sheds, garages, and outbuildings,
  • Doors and trim,
  • Fencing and decking.


You want to make the smart choice, but you’ve got better things to do than taking apart your shed for reuse. By calling our salvage services crew, you will save you time, reduce your disposal costs, and ensure your materials will not go to waste. We have strong relationships with local contractors and will work with your contractor to ensure that nothing gets wasted. The best part? The materials that we haul away qualify for a tax receipt, meaning you can write off any extra costs on your taxes.

By choosing to salvage rather than demolish, you’ll conserve valuable natural resources, build a healthier local economy, and reduce fuel costs and emissions. Reusing the lumber from one 1,200-square-foot home:

  • Prevents 33 trees from being logged, transported, and processed,
  • Saves 900 kilowatt hours of electricity,
  • Generates 6 more jobs for every 1 job in demolition,
  • Results in 12 tons less CO2 released into the atmosphere,
  • Removes more than 8 tons of material from the waste stream.

If you’re planning to remodel, remove, or renovate – let us salvage the materials and give them a second life.

  • Contact our salvage crew. Text us photos, call us with a description, or email us details. We’ll come to you to preview the job and provide a bid of our costs.
  • We’ll treat your property with respect. Whether our crew is working alone or with your contractor, our process is fast, clean, and professional.
  • Receive a tax receipt for your donation. Your donation of materials to a non-profit is tax deductible!
  • Tax receipt – Your donation is tax-deductible. You determine the value of your donation to our non-profit organization.
  • Store Discount – Donations accepted via our pick up service are eligible for a store discount on your next purchase.
  • Peace of mind – Your used materials are not being wasted, but are being used to generate jobs, inspire creativity, and make another’s project affordable.

Removing kitchens, flooring, small structures, fencing, and decks are all jobs that our crew thrives on. See our Flickr gallery for examples of other projects our salvage team will tackle.

Take Action

Be a part of changing the world


Planning to remodel, remove, or renovate? Let us salvage the materials to give them a second life. We specialize in the removal of kitchen furnishings, bathroom fixtures, wood flooring, sheds, garages, outbuildings, doors, fencing, decking and more.

Our deconstruction specialists have the tools and know-how to strip-out or tear-down your unwanted furnishings and structures. Call us today and learn how we can help you reduce costs, save time, and protect the environment with your upcoming demolition.

Nate Witham, Salvage Services Manager

Phone: (360) 815-4339
General contractor license number: RESOU**055OM

Our Location:

2309 Meridian St.
Bellingham, WA 98225



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