Each year, manufacturers in the United States send 7.6 billion tons of useable material to the landfill — that’s equivalent to throwing all the homes in Bellingham into the landfill, twice. This is why we launched a free program to help local manufacturers save money and keep manufacturing waste out of the landfill.
If you’re a business looking to reduce the amount of manufacturing byproduct you send to the landfill, sign up today for a free Manufacturing Waste Diversion waste assessment.
How the process works
We come to your business location and haul away surplus manufacturing byproduct, free of charge.
Contact us: Sign up for a Manufacturing Waste Diversion waste assessment with this form. We’ll follow up to schedule a waste assessment.
We come to your business. At no cost to you, we will come to your business and evaluate your surplus manufacturing byproduct. Our staff will:
- Identify materials that may be diverted from the landfill
- Evaluate savings for your business
- Set up a pickup schedule
You watch the benefits roll in. After we start hauling your surplus manufacturing byproduct your business will save time, money, and labor. Plus, we’re a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which means any byproduct we receive from you is considered a tax-deductible donation.
How your business can benefit
If we find products that may be a good fit for The RE Store, we’ll implement a plan to start maximizing cost savings. By sending manufacturing by-product to us, manufacturers will be able to:
- Lower disposal costs
- Save labor on processing
- Free-up valuable warehouse and storage space
- Receive a tax write-off for the donated materials
What is considered manufacturing waste
Manufacturing waste can be anything that is excess, imperfect, or simply unwanted. This includes packing materials, cabinet doors, spools, pallets, sheets of glass, and more. Give us a call if you have any of the following:
- Raw materials that are discarded during the manufacturing process;
- By-products created during the manufacturing process;
- Packing and shipping materials that result from the use of manufacturing input materials;
- Defective products that are a result of manufacturing output;
- Products that have been overproduced or need extra processing to meet current product standards.
Manufacturers we currently work with
We currently do regular pickups of unwanted items from a variety of local manufacturers.
- Silfab Solar – solar panel glass, plastic spools, and pallets. Learn more about Silfab Solar and the products they divert from the landfill on our blog.
- Hertco – cabinet door seconds
- Mt Baker Products – MDF (medium density fiberboard sheets)
We also do one-time pickups with manufacturers to clear out backstock materials.
Manufacturing Waste Diversion is supported in part through a 3-year grant awarded by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver, WA. The grant will enable The RE Store to support local manufacturers in sustainably managing their by-product. M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, provides grants to organizations in five states of the Pacific Northwest—Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington—that seek to strengthen the region’s educational and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. www.murdocktrust.org