'Reclaim for ReStore' wants to treasure your trash
It's free week at the Thunder Bay landfill, and that means people are flocking to the site with loads of unwanted items — but not everything they bring, will stay there.
Habitat for Humanity is reclaiming items that are still usable.
"Whatever we can salvage and re-sell … we'll try and get it,” said volunteer Brian Clay.
“It's amazing what people consider garbage, but other people will reuse it or recycle it. It's nice. Nice to see, nice to do."
This is a pilot project for Habitat. They are trying to educate the public about what can be brought to their ReStore, instead of thrown out and they are collecting as much as they can to bring back during this event.
We're getting a lot of appreciation from the public.- Tyson Neill, Thunder Bay ReStore manager.
As people arrive at the landfill site, Habitat for Humanity volunteers ask to look over what’s in their vehicles, and will take whatever they can.
"It's going well,” said Tyson Neill, manager for the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
“We're getting a lot of appreciation from the public, the citizens. They all seem to think it's a great idea, and we're getting a lot of help from the employees here at the landfill as well. So it's going smoothly."
Volunteers have already found many useful items that were headed to the landfill: lumber, windows, scrap metal, furniture, exercise equipment, sinks and toilets.
"We're not just building materials,” Neill continued. “We do appliances. We have a scrap metal program. We do e-waste recycling. We take furniture, desks … doors … sinks, toilets, basically everything we can turn for a profit."
Neill said if the project goes well, "Reclaim for ReStore" may become an annual event.
The organization has a tractor-trailer it aims to fill during the event — at least once. And that might just happen, as Neill said staff at the landfill told him 800-1,000 vehicles per day come to the landfill during free week.
The event continues until 6 p.m. on Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.