Waste Not

Oct 30, 2019

To the Editor:

By chance, I happened to take a drive to a relative’s house on LBI on Oct. 21. As I approached my destination, I realized a nearby oceanfront house was in the early stages of being demolished. Never having witnessed such an event before, I was awestruck and spent some time observing the process. The power with which the heavy-duty construction equipment ripped into the exterior walls of the house was amazing.

Unfortunately, my feeling of awe suddenly turned to disgust as part of the side wall of the house came crumbling down. The house was not empty! All furnishings had not been removed! A living room set, a bedroom set, pictures on the wall, the kitchen refrigerator and a jar candle sitting on the kitchen countertop were visible from my vantage point. In addition, my heart sank as the construction equipment crushed perfectly good interior doors, kitchen cabinets, a bathroom vanity, toilet and shower stall, not to mention exterior windows.

Maybe this wastefulness happens all the time as houses are demolished. I really don’t know. I just know what I saw upset me to the core, and it should upset everyone reading this comment.

It is my hope that in the future, organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill Industries, Saint Vincent de Paul Societies or any other organizations that serve the less fortunate will be contacted by the homeowners in advance of any demolition work so that unwanted furnishings and building supplies can be removed to be recycled and reused and greatly appreciated by those less fortunate. As was often said but rarely heard anymore: waste not, want not.

Joanne Lontz

Burlington, N.J.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Jean D Ragone | Oct 31, 2019 14:52

We did a complete renovation on our home several years ago. We reached out to Habitat, Good Will and several other charities. They were not very willing to come to our soon to be demolished home. They preferred that we cart the goods to them at our expense. It just wasn’t worth the time and effort to accomplish this.  Instead we had a demolition sale. People bought everything from a freestanding fireplace to ceiling fans to furniture to kitchen utensils.  However, even this is not an option for people who live much further away.

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