The Portland City Council will be voting today whether to approve a resolution requiring that deconstruction be used when an older house is torn down. I felt compelled to comment on this article in the Portland Tribune (clearly, I have an opinion) and I also want to take this opportunity to remind people of the human benefits of reuse, in addition to those that are environmental. Reuse creates jobs and helps the community in many ways.
This excerpt is from a blog posted by Lorenz Schilling in 2014 and it speaks to my point beautifully:
Reuse keeps materials out of our landfills, preserves energy, conserves resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. It also generates more employment opportunities than disposal, or recycling. When you think about managing 10,000 tons of materials, incinerating creates 1 job; landfilling creates 6 jobs; recycling creates 36 jobs; and reuse has the potential to create 28-296 jobs (source: US EPA, Institute for local Self Reliance). A big plus in a state, like California, with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.