Build or renovate? Broome County has free building materials

The pandemic has meant that more people have been forced to spend more time inside their own four walls and being forced to spend more time at home has brought to light, for many people, all the flaws of our homes.

According to Houzz, in the midst of the pandemic, requests for pool design and installation information jumped 334%, deck and patio projects increased 178%, and home extensions and additions increased by 52%.

While people had stimulus money to play with at the start of the pandemic, those payments came to an end. Prices for gas, groceries, and electricity have skyrocketed, so people are now finding more cost-effective and creative ways to get their home improvements done.

If you’re doing renovations and have old materials you need to dispose of, Broome County has a resource to help you save money, and if you’re doing a project on your own, you’ll save definitely money with supplies at Broome County Eco Center.

The Broome County Eco Center is located at the Broome County Landfill at 286 Knapp Road in Binghamton and is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. (closed on Sundays and all public holidayss). At the Eco Center, there is a materials reuse program that accepts reusable building materials at no charge up to 500 pounds. Any deposit over 500 pounds will incur a charge of $20.00 per ton. The Eco Center accepts reusable building materials from “individuals, builders, renovators and contractors.

All Broome County residents are welcome to browse the supplies donated to the Materials Reuse Program and are allowed to take as much or as little as they wish. All building materials are free to carry but come with “no warranties or warranties, express or implied.

Typical items that can be found in the Free Materials Reuse Program include Cabinets, Doors, Hardware, Wood, Metal, Plywood, Screen Doors, Sheetrock, Trim, Windows , etc.

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