In Portland, entrepreneurs have created an infrastructure for "deconstructing" rather than demolishing houses and selling the carefully recovered material at the non-profit ReBuilding Center.It is a great idea- building owners pay Deconstruction services to dismantle the building, donate the materials to the Rebuilding Center, get a tax receipt for the donation and save the dumping fees.
Customers get old wood that looks great in exposed beams at better prices while saving trees. Everybody wins.
This is a great example of how being a recycling society creates jobs, opportunities and quality products while saving trees and promoting local production and consumption. Treehugger brownie points all round!