Open 7 Days a Week

10am - 6pm

Big Reuse Queens

3-17 26th Ave. Astoria, NY 11102
718-777-0132 x2

Big Reuse Brooklyn

69 9th St. Gowanus, NY 11215
718-725-8925 x2

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What We Do

Build It Green!NYC Brooklyn Reuse Center and Staff on Bikes

Big Reuse Brooklyn staff on their bikes!

Big Reuse is New York City's only non-profit retail outlet for salvaged and surplus building materials. Our reuse centers have everything from panel doors to high end refrigerators, window shutters to reclaimed lumber, kitchen cabinet sets to salvaged flooring. View our current inventory on our shop page!

Big Reuse's mission is to keep these materials out of the landfill, while offering deep discounts on their resale. We accept drop-off donations seven days a week, offer free pick up services for large donations and provide deconstruction services for skim salvage of interiors. We are working towards reducing the amount of unnecessary construction and demolition (C&D) waste clogging our landfills, which contributes to pollution, GHG emissions, climate change and global warming.

Founded in late 2004, our Queens warehouse opened in February of 2005. Our second reuse center opened in Brooklyn in November 2011. Both reuse centers are open seven days a week. In addition to our two reuse centers, we support local environmental initiatives, such as the NYC Compost Project, Big Millworks, Big Blooms and Big Gives Back.

Build It Green!NYC Queens Reuse Center

Panoramic shot of the interior of Big Reuse Queens
Donation of Bowling Alley Lanes to Build It Green!NYC Queens Reuse Center
A donation of bowling alley lanes arrives at
Big Reuse Queens

We have TONS of materials on sale at 40-80% off their new prices:

• doors
• flooring
• sinks, bathtubs and toilets
• lighting
• windows
• trim, moulding, dimensional lumber
• kitchen cabinet sets
• used appliances
• architectural details
• plumbing hardware
• stage flats
• antique pedestal sinks & clawfut tubs
• used books
• paint
• metal studs
• marble, granite
• film & theater props, flats, jacks
• and much, much more...

A Better NYC:

All proceeds help support Big Reuse's environmental initiatives around the city, including Big Compost, Big Blooms retired scaffolding program for raised garden beds at community gardens, Big Gives Back donation program for non-profits and community groups, and so much more. Previous programs have included NYC Cool Roofs, Film Biz Recycling, and education programs at Solar One. Solar One provides education programs in local schools, covering topics such as renewable energy and the East River ecosystem. They also host environmental lectures, and arts events throughout the year.

Why Reuse?

Did you know that over 19,000 tons* of building material are thrown out every day in New York City? (* according to PlaNYC's 2011 chapter "Solid Waste"). These materials are clogging our landfills, releasing carbon into the atmosphere, and creating a need for more materials to be manufactured. Reuse is a logical and environmentally friendly alternative to discarding durable materials. Reuse just makes sense, economically and environmentally.

Where do the materials come from?

Salvaged materials have been taken from a variety of buildings about to be demolished or remodeled in New York City. Surplus materials have been donated by building suppliers, contractors, film studios, interior designers and other businesses interested in protecting the environment and reducing their waste. And many materials have been donated by someone just like you!

Thinking of replacing things around your house? Do they truly need replacing? If so, consider their usefulness to someone else and bring them down any time we're open! Check out our Donation page for more info.

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Our Food Scrap Drop-off program serviced 1000 households per week in 2015!

We processed 765,477 pounds of food scraps and accepted 237,554 pounds of wood chips and leaf matter in 2015! That's over 1 million pounds of organic material diverted from landfills!

The greenhouse gas emissions prevented by our diversion efforts is equivalent to saving 360,000 gallons of gasoline!

Our Big Gives Back program has given away $300,000 worth of materials benefiting NYC's community and environment.

Our Big Blooms program has given away 5,345 pieces of retired lumber to build 2,226 garden beds in over 1,269 community and school gardens.