Working Partner Update: The Lifecycle Building Center

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | | Updated on Dec 4, 2017

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The Lifecycle Building Center (LBC) has released its 2017 annual report indicating its continued growth and impact on Atlanta area communities. The enterprise makes building materials available to the public at deep discounts instead of placing those materials into landfills. Our customers purchase these materials at prices ranging from $0.15-$0.50 on the dollar and nonprofits receive free material donations through LBC’s Nonprofit Material MATCH program. Support from material donors and customers has grown each year since the Center opened in 2011.

Material sales at LBC’s Material Reuse Center generate a significant portion of the revenue needed to deliver our programs. In 2017, we have repeatedly broken monthly sales records and, so far this year, 86% of operating expenses have been covered by material sales. This is an increase from 61% in 2016 and is a significant achievement for a nonprofit that is only 6 years old.

Our impact in the community continues to grow as a direct result of increased support and engagement from homeowners, builders, business owners, nonprofits and other supporters.

Selected highlights from 2017:

  • LBC has captured over 890,000 pounds of usable materials from the waste stream so far this year, with over 3.5 million pounds diverted to date
  • 40 nonprofit organizations have been awarded material donations in 2017, with 139 organizations receiving free materials since LBC began operations in 2011
  • Our programs have saved the community $545,000 in 2017 through discounted materials and material donations, with a lifetime total community savings of over $2 million
  • LBC’s fundraising capacity has continued to grow with support from corporations, foundations and individuals

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Neil Seldman, Ph.D, directs the Recycling and Economic Growth Initiative. He specializes in helping cities and businesses recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy through new processing and manufacturing facilities. He is a co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and is a member of ILSR’s Board of Directors.

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