Deconstruction & Salvage

Levels of Salvage & Deconstruction
Salvaging materials for reuse in their existing form is the highest and best form of recycling. If a structure is to be partially or wholly demolished, some level of deconstruction and salvaging of materials should take place. Basic salvage of easily removed appliances, doors and fixtures almost always happens before a demolition. However, deconstruction companies go much farther and remove lumber, flooring, windows, brick and many other materials for reuse before the remainder of the house is demolished.
Salvaging floor joists
These companies may work in conjunction with your demolition contractor or provide full deconstruction and demolition services. If the organization is a nonprofit, the homeowner may be able to write-off the fair market value of the salvaged items.

Requirements & Services

Prior to demolition, schedule a site visit with the town’s Recycling Specialist and the contractor. During the visit, salvage opportunities will be discussed and recycling requirements will be reviewed. The Recycling Specialist will also provide a list of possible deconstruction and salvage service providers. The contractor is responsible for providing sufficient time for deconstruction organizations to maximize their salvage efforts prior to demolition. Hillsborough recognizes that the more time a deconstruction company is allotted, the more it can salvage. Contractors may perform deconstruction and salvage in advance of building permit issuance as long as a Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan has been approved by the town’s Building Inspector and a demolition permit has been issued.