Community Forklift turns the waste stream into a resource stream by accepting donations of unneeded building materials and home goods and redistributing them for free or at low-cost to the community. The materials come from all sorts of sources, including salvaged architectural elements from buildings slated for demolition, items carefully removed from spaces being renovated, or new overstock and surplus items from building materials suppliers, to name a few.
Our reuse nonprofit exists because of the generous people and businesses who provide materials for reuse instead of sending them to the landfill. One of these generous businesses — Source One Flooring — recently provided a large donation of new, in-the-box carpet floor tiles.
“Source One Flooring is committed to sustainability and reuse in the flooring industry,” says Source One Flooring President, Zaghum Abbas.
The commercial flooring supplier has locations in Sterling and Richmond, VA, and provides estimating, project management, certified installation, and maintenance services. Source One Flooring also helps put environmental methods into best practice by consulting in LEED certification.
Their donated carpet floor tiles are already having an impact in our community. In addition to selling the tiles at below-market prices in our reuse warehouse, Community Forklift also recently provided them free to a local elementary school through our Community Building Blocks program.
Woodridge Elementary School staff applied to the program for materials to support their school nurse’s office as well as a Community School Room and waiting room for parents. Community Forklift provided the Hyattsville, MD, school with a free mini refrigerator for medication and other temperature sensitive nursing supplies, a table and chair set, and 72 sq. ft. of Source One Flooring carpet tiles.
“Thanks to Source One Flooring, our reuse warehouse can continue to provide free and low-cost materials to community groups, schools, and households with limited resources,” said Community Forklift Executive Director Trey Davis. “We appreciate their commitment to sustainability and helping to serve the needs of DMV-area communities.”
Visit our website to learn how to support our mission by donating or shopping for materials. You can also learn more about our Community Giving programs providing free materials to households with limited incomes, community groups, and nonprofit organizations.
Thank you to Source One Flooring and all of our donors for supporting our reuse nonprofit!
Community Forklift provided Woodridge Elementary School with a free mini refrigerator for medication and other temperature sensitive nursing supplies, a table and chair set, and 72 sq. ft. of Source One Flooring carpet tiles.
“Thanks to Source One Flooring, our reuse warehouse can continue to provide free and low-cost materials to community groups, schools, and households with limited resources.”
Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse. We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs.