LOCAL NEWS

Materials From Condemned Homes Can Be Bought For Recycling

Jan 16, 2019, 5:46 PM | Updated: 9:11 pm

MIDVALE, Utah – When the Utah Department of Transportation widens roads for progress, it often condemns homes and tears them down. All of those construction materials use to end up in the landfill, but UDOT found a partner that is putting those materials to good use.

“It’s a benefit all the way around,” said Ed Blake, CEO of Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity.

He was standing in front of one of 26 homes just off of I-15 in Midvale that were slated for demolition. Many of the materials inside still have value for people doing remodeling jobs, and even home builders.

So, Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity now takes whatever it can use. Until several years ago, everything would have been thrown out.

“When they were taking these houses down… they were taking everything to the landfill,” said Blake.

Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity and UDOT got together six years ago to start reusing the building materials for several benefits.

“We will go in and take all of the materials out of these homes that we think can benefit the public,” said Blake.

AmeriCorps volunteers take out everything that can be reused in Habitat homes or sold at the Habitat Restore in Salt Lake City. In the Midvale home, they had already taken out the vanities and the sinks from the bathroom, and in the kitchen they were taking out the stove, the dishwasher and countertops.

“This gives us a chance to do something good with those homes,” said John Gleason, UDOT spokesman.

In the midst of an affordable housing crisis, tearing down homes to expand roads has negative consequences. Gleason said, this partnership makes a difference.

“If it wasn’t for this partnership, this is all material that would be wasted. It would be on its way to the landfill.”
“They’re sold at a value to the public,” said Blake of the reusable construction materials.

They’re sold in the Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 1300 South 500 West in Salt Lake City, open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

“The public can come in and buy any of these items,” Gleason said.

That money helps fund new homes for Habitat for Humanity. Cabinets and appliances from those homes in Midvale show up in the store each day. Tubs, toilets and sinks are on sale, starting at $5.

“They move pretty quickly. Nothing lasts long here,” said Alan Jacobson, manager of ReStore. “This is a great place to find low-cost renovation needs. If you’re on a budget and you need to do it quick, this is a great place because we have so much. Just bring your measuring tape.”

“I’ll always come here first,” said Steve Cardon, who remodels homes as a hobby. “I buy electrical wire, sockets, junction boxes, lighting fixtures.”

He said he likes recycling materials and supporting Habitat for Humanity.

“I like the concept of reusing, and so forth,” he said. “It’s also just a really great way for someone to reduce the price of their home remodeling projects.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

(Salt Lake City Police Department/Twitter)...
Josh Ellis

SLC police investigating fatal auto-pedestrian crash

Police say one person has died following an auto-pedestrian crash near 1200 West and 600 North.
11 hours ago
Utah Rep. Ryan Wilcox, R-Ogden, wants to create better criteria for issuing Amber Alerts, saying "o...
Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com

Does the state of Utah issue too many Amber Alerts?

If you tend to ignore notifications about Amber Alerts because of their frequency, you may not be alone.
11 hours ago
(KSL TV)...
Josh Ellis

Two killed in Taylorsville shooting; police searching for suspect

Police say two men were shot and killed at a Taylorsville apartment complex late Monday night, and officers are still searching for the suspect.
11 hours ago
...
Shara Park

How a Utah bill would put cell phones, smart devices on hold in the classroom

Utah could soon be the first state with a law restricting cell phone and smart watches on students in K-12 classrooms. KSL spoke with teachers and students at a Utah high school with a no-phone policy already in place to see what they think.
1 day ago
...
Matt Gephardt

Get Gephardt: The ‘most used’ photos to catfish victims in romance scams

KSL Investigator Matt Gephardt shows us some of the most widely used photos in romance scams and how we can protect ourselves.
1 day ago
...
Matt Rascon

Plant is likely to blame for 19 elk deaths in Mapleton, DWR says

A certain plant is likely to blame for the deaths of 19 elk found in Mapleton over the span of a week, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said Monday.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t Let a Ransomware Attack Get You Down | Protect Your Workplace Today with Cyber Insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Materials From Condemned Homes Can Be Bought For Recycling