Manufacturing Waste Diversion

The process of creation almost always involves leftover material. Manufacturing waste, or by-product, is most commonly disposed of in the landfill. 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.

We’ve launched a free program to help local manufacturers save money and keep manufacturing waste out of the landfill. You can shop some of these materials in our online store. 

How the process works

We provide assessments for local manufacturers to creatively make use of their leftover materials. The goal is to identify materials that have little or no value to you and your customers, but may have demand in a different market.  The process is free and easy, and takes less than an hour. Our staff will:

  • Evaluate your current procedures for disposal of manufacturing waste and recyclable material;
  • Identify materials that may be diverted from the landfill;
  • Determine which waste materials could be diverted and how often;
  • Evaluate tipping and labor savings associated with divertable waste materials;
  • Determine if regular material pickups are needed.

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 such as: 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.

We also do one-time pickups with manufacturers to clear out backstock materials.

Contact us

To get started, contact Tim O’Donnell, Program Development Manager, at

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.

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