Recycling non-profit to hold fundraiser at SweetWater Brewing Company

Posted by Dena Mellick June 17, 2015
The Lifecycle Building Center warehouse. Photo from Sphereographic - Atlanta Street View Inside.

The Lifecycle Building Center warehouse. Photo from Sphereographic – Atlanta Street View Inside.

A metro Atlanta recycling non-profit is having a fundraiser next week at SweetWater Brewing Company.

Lifecycle Building Center (LBC), which works to recycle and reuse building materials, is holding the third annual REPurpose/A Lifecycle Celebration on Thursday, June 25, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The event will feature a silent auction, live music, and local craft food and wine, according to the invitation.

LBC diverts usable building materials from landfills and finds ways to reuse items that don’t need to be thrown away.

“Forty percent of all the waste that we produce is coming from buildings and of that 40 percent, at least 25 percent of that is readily reusable,” said Shannon Goodman, LBC’s Executive Director.

Goodman said the way consumers and builders utilize buildings, from creation to tear down, is often inefficient.

She said LBC has a 70,000 square foot warehouse in Southwest Atlanta that’s open to the public five days a week with all types of recycled items.

“Cabinets, flooring materials, plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures, doors, windows, on and on,” Goodman said. She noted you could pick up an entire kitchen cabinet set for about $1,500.

The public can purchase the discounted items, and materials also go to other non-profits.

“Nonprofits have a huge need to save money on building materials when they are doing their renovations and construction projects, because every dollar means a lot. Every dollar that we can save them is one more dollar that they can put back toward their mission,” Goodman said.

Goodman said Adam Deck, LBC’s director of operations created the business plan for LBC after witnessing repeated missed opportunities to use salvaged materials. Goodman and Deck started working together in 2012, after Goodman asked what she could do to help.

Goodman said the funds raised will go in part toward buying a new box truck in order to be able to pick up more materials from homes and building sites.

Goodman said tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door.

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