Recycling and reusing construction materials is an essential part of reducing the amount of resources that end up in landfills.
The Whatcom County Health Department offers free consulting and technical assistance regarding reuse, recycling, or disposal of construction and demolition debris. For assistance call 360-778-6000.
RE Store: Phone: 360-647-5921
Non-profit with licensed salvage and demolition crew. Accepts a wide range of used building materials for resale to the public. Donated material is tax-deductible. Pick-up and removal available.
Disposal of oil-based paint, paint thinner, mercury switches, and related hazardous construction materials in the garbage is not safe for humans or the environment, and is illegal.
Here are some recommendations from Whatcom County’s Disposal of Toxics Program:
Paint Thinner & Turpentine
Reuse as much as possible. After pouring off clear thinner into a clean, labeled container for reuse, reseal the remaining sludge and dispose of unusable liquid or solids at the Disposal of Toxics facility (directions below).
Take remaining hazardous materials, including mercury switches, roofing tar, construction adhesives, caulks, resins, fluorescent tubes, paint-stripper residues, rags contaminated with paint solvents, and lead based-paint chips to Disposal of Toxics (call first for more information and prior-approval).