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Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

Stardust Non-Profit Building Supplies

EPA Grant Helps Non-Profit Reduce Construction Waste in Phoenix Area

Workers moving cabinets

Moving merchandise at Stardust

A $40,000 EPA grant awarded in 2001 to Stardust Non-Profit Building Supplies in Phoenix, Ariz., has helped reduce construction and demolition waste going to area landfills by more than 1,200 tons in the first half of 2002. Stardust employs ten workers to salvage reusable building materials from homes and buildings that are being renovated, deconstructed, or demolished.

EPA estimates that over 130 million tons of construction and demolition debris is generated nationwide each year -- about half a ton for every person in the U. S. While most of this goes to landfills, recycling is on the rise, with an estimated 20% to 30% of these materials recovered for processing and reuse. The markets for recovered building materials continue to grow, with an estimated 3,500 facilities involved in processing such materials nationwide.

Stardust solicits donations of new or used building materials, such as doors, cabinets, windows, and sinks. Volunteers clean, repair, and truck the materials to two Stardust stores similar to Home Depot, only smaller. The merchandise is priced to be affordable to low-income families and individuals; some of it is donated to non-profit shelters or housing organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity. Stardust also refurbishes computers and donates them to inner-city schools.

Worker on the phone at checkout counter at Stardust
Checkout counter at Stardust

For More Information:

EPA News Release (April 2002)

Region 9's Funding Sources for Communities
Includes EPA's Solid Waste Assistance Funds and other grant programs in the Pacific Southwest Region

Construction and Demolition Debris
EPA's Web site on construction and demolition waste recycling

EPA's Web Site on Materials and Waste Exchanges
Lists ways to find waste exchanges that deal in reuseable materials of all kinds

Region 9's Solid Waste Program
On waste and recycling in the Pacific Southwest Region

Stardust Non-Profit Building Supplies Web Site Exiting EPA (disclaimer)

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