Green Coast Rubbish loves to talk about local companies who will go above and beyond when it comes to environmental responsibility. Today we would like to introduce you to a relatively new company on the North Shore –  Repurpose – which has a focus on waste diversion and upcycling.

What they do:

Formed in 2015, Repurpose is a non-profit organization dedicated to the diversion of waste materials from home demolition, and other sources, through upcycling and reuse.

Repurpose seeks to remove barriers to reusing, by collecting and processing hard-to-reuse material before they are sold or shared in the community. Some of the materials are sold in the Repurpose store to offset operating costs including research into new uses for upcycled material, education and community outreach.

“Our long-term goal is collection, processing and upcycling of hard to reuse building materials on an industrial scale,” explains Tom Riessner, Executive Director, Repurpose.

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Environmental benefits:

There are many environmental benefits from the work Repurpose is doing including:

  • Reducing construction waste that would otherwise be disposed of in the landfill.
  • Reuse and recycling of items that would probably otherwise end up in the landfill for the benefit of the environment and community.
  • Creating a sustainable operation that uses the sales of donated materials to fund operations.

We work with them:

Green Coast Rubbish utilizes Repurpose to maximize the reuse potential of the material we haul. It’s been great to work with this local business that we have so much in common with.

Why we like them:

“We love what Repurpose is all about, and if we can support them in any way we will! Their mission, to keep materials and goods out of the landfill, aligns perfectly with ours. Forward thinking businesses like Repurpose, who are focused on the reuse and upcycling market, are exactly what our community needs if we are ever going to achieve a wasteless society. Hats off to Tom, and the good people at Repurpose,” says Eamonn Duignan, President & CEO, Green Coast Rubbish.

Learn more: For more information about Repurpose, be sure to visit