Ανακυκλώνοντας Σπίτια

Ένα ωραιότατο άρθρο από το New York Times Magazine γι' αυτούς που γδύνουν τα παλιά σπίτια από τα υλικά που μπορούν να ξαναχρησιμοποιηθούν -και τα ξαναχρησιμοποιούν.

A quarter of a million homes are demolished annually, according to the E.P.A., liberating some 1.2 billion board feet of reusable lumber alone. For the most part, this wood has been trucked out to a landfill and buried. Remodeling actually ends up generating more than one and a half times the amount of debris every year that demolishing homes does. (America generates a total of 160 million tons of construction and demolition debris every year, 60 percent of which is landfilled.) The Stanford archaeologist William Rathje, who spent decades excavating landfills, has estimated that construction and demolition debris, together with paper, account for “well over half” of what America throws out. He called it one of a few “big-ticket items” in the waste stream actually worthy of the debates we have over merely “symbolic targets” like disposable diapers.

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