Organization Helps Keep Reusable Goods Out of Landfills

ReSource Depot
Latest ReSource Depot sale sign – Courtesy of IGBA’s Facebook page

So we’re pretty big proponents of preserving the environment and reducing our carbon footprint here at News of St. John, like many of you are I’m sure. That’s why we wanted to share with you what may be a lesser know organization on the island – ReSource Depot.

ReSource Depot is a program of the Island Green Building Association. According to its website, ReSource Depot’s goal “is to provide an environmentally and socially responsible way to keep good, reusable materials out of the landfill, in use, and from being sourced and shipped (to St. John) again.   It also creates affordable building materials for the community, with savings typically 50-80 percent below retail costs.”

The way it works is simple: People from the community, along with hardware stores, donate new or used items that are no longer needed. Those items are then resold at affordable costs to anyone who needs them. Typical items that are available include building materials such as doors, windows, lumber, plumbing and electrical supplies, tools, hardware, decor and more.

ReSource Depot is a non-profit organization; All proceeds are used in support of its mission.

Want to get a better idea of what they have on hand at any given time? Well, ReSource Depot keeps a pretty up-to-date inventory list over on its Facebook page. You can check that out by clicking here.

The ReSource Depot is located at the Storage on Site facility on Gifft Hill Road across from the Transfer Station.  It is open Mondays and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. until noon and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon. The ReSource Depot accepts most items related to the construction, renovation, decoration, or furnishing of homes and businesses, according to its website. It can, however, refuse any item at any time due to its condition or lack of space at the storage facility. All donations are tax-deductible.

If you would like to make a donation but cannot do so during business hours, you are asked to leave your donation under the covered area between the first two containers on the right side of the location. Please stack all items left neatly and call (340) 643-5313 to make them aware that items have been left.

Interested in helping out at the ReSource Depot? Volunteers are crucial to helping the site run. If you would like to volunteer, please click here to fill out a volunteer form.

Since its inception, ReSource Deport has saved 40,000 pounds of goods from being placed in landfills.

The Island Green Building Association is a group of concerned construction industry professionals, residents, and property owners based on St. John with members throughout the region promoting responsible and sustainable development practices. Click here to visit its website.


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