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The Rebuilding Exchange is a non-profit social enterprise and our mission is to create a market for reclaimed building materials. We do this by diverting materials from landfills and making them accessible for reuse through our retail warehouse, by promoting sustainable deconstruction practices, by providing education and job training programs, and by creating innovative models for sustainable reuse.


Since our inception in 2009, Rebuilding Exchange has diverted over 22 million pounds of building materials from the landfill, and simultaneously created over $4 million worth of quality reuse materials available to the public.

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1740 W Webster Ave. Chicago IL 60614
773 252 2234




FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’s) Have questions about deconstruction and building materials reuse? Like how to get your contractor on board? What materials are reusable? Or how to use reclaimed materials for your next project? This guide can provide some helpful tips to get you started!

On the Road to Reuse: Residential Demolition Bid Specification Development Tool EPA Region 5 report and bid specification development tool for use by cities, counties or land banks undertaking large-scale residential demolitions.

Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA) The BMRA is a 501c3 non-profit educational and research organization whose mission is to facilitate building deconstruction and the reuse and recycling of recovered building materials. The BMRA provides educational resources, a national industry directory and annual conferences bringing together diverse practitioners from around the world.

Delta Institute Go-Guide to Deconstruction and Reuse Delta Institute just released a second edition of the Green Opportunity (GO) Guide to Deconstruction and Reuse. This helpful guide provides an overview of the deconstruction and reuse market, existing policy strategies, and provides resources for contractors, policymakers, workforce development agencies, and retailers.

EPA Deconstruction Resources This primer on deconstruction offers tips for salvage activities, ideas for reclaimed wood, and advice on when to reuse over when to recycle.

City of Chicago’s guide to C+D debris recycling Issued by the city government, this guide covers best practices, recycling rules and regulations, and general information on C+D debris.

City of Chicago Salvage Guide A handbook on salvaging in the city.

Cook County Deconstruction Strategy Report

Cook County 2012 Solid Waste Management Plan


Chicago Recycling Guide A to Z will help you find out if your materials are recyclable, lists local drop off points or alternative suggestions.