A Project of Sustainable Community Initiatives / 34,000 sq. ft. of Low Cost Building Materials!
We stock Alco appliances!
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4671 Tanglewood Drive
Hyattsville, MD 20781

Click here for directions

Hours: Wednesday 12-7
Thurs-Sat  9-5

Attention Contractors:

Give your customers a break!
Don't pay to dispose of used building materials

SUNDAY'S WORKSHOP CANCELED!  Please be sure to RSVP if you plan to attend on Tuesday afternoon!

Deconstruction the old, unsustainable way

Training a crew to carefully salvage materials

Now more than ever, people want to save money on home projects.  You can offer them a tax deduction for donating their salvaged building materials to Community Forklift.
Sign up for a "Contractor/Handyperson Orientation" at Community Forklift and find out what we take, how it works and how to make it work for you!  We will answer all your questions so that you are prepared to offer these services. We make it simple and easy.  Space is limited, so please make sure you are available!

** TUESDAY, MARCH 24 at 3:30 serving pizza and soda.

To sign up please email Meghan@communityforklift.com. Send her your contact information (name, phone number, email).
Earn free stuff!

Wow, we're getting popular!  

Community Forkift has been invited to spring festivals around the region, and we need more volunteers to make it possible.  We need help every Saturday from now until June.  The week of Earth Day will be extra crazy - we've been invited to 5 different places on April 18th!  

Are you willing to help customers at the warehouse, or hand out brochures at our festival booth?  Remember, you'll earn store credit!  Please contact Ruthie right away at Ruthie@CommunityForklift.com or 301-985-5180.   

Reminder: March Sales!

Semiannual Tool Sale March 28!
Come at 9 am to get the first look at our vintage and modern hand tools, small power tools, and hardware!
(Volunteers may use up to $75 of their store credit on tool sale items)

50% off Ceramic Tile
Take half off all regular ceramic tile (Sale does not include subway, mosaic, stone, glass, or other specialty tile).

50% off Toilets
Take half off all tanks, bowls, lids, and complete toilets marked $35 or below. 

50% off salvaged Wood Windows
Take half off all used rectangular wood windows with clear glass (Sale does not include surplus windows; vinyl windows; specialty shapes or frosting; or antique, pebbled, or painted glass).

Low, low prices on surplus fire-rated slab steel doors! 
Priced as marked.  Doors usually sell for $120 - $150 retail.  Our price is only $15 - $20! 

We hate to have to say this, but...don't bother scratching price tags off!  Any item without a price tag is not eligible for the March sale.

Presenting...CF's Spring
Workshop Series!

Customers are always asking us how to use certain items that we sell--we're working to put together a comprehensive how-to workshop series that will enable our customers to make better use of our reused materials!

Once a Month, Sundays at 2pm

Sunday March 22, 2-4pm
How to use re-claimed materials in your garden
Facilitated by CF employee Bea Trickett, CF Volunteer Susan Chapin, CF Board Member Elizabeth Leigh, and Sarah Murphy of Canopy Greenroofs

A workshop to inspire you to use reclaimed materials when planning your spring garden projects! We will look at projects relevant to vegetable and rooftop gardens, as well as landscaping and garden decoration.

Sunday April 26, 2-4pm:
How to rewire a simple light fixture, facilitated by CF Volunteer Dave Roeder

Sunday May 10, 2-4pm:
How to diagnose and repair a leaky water wasting toilet, taught by Plumber YB Leaky

Limited Space
Pre-Registration and Pre-payment Required

$15 per person workshop fee
($17 if using Paypal to cover their fee)

Click here to sign up, and for more details!

If you or someone you know would like to facilitate a workshop teaching some aspect of working with reused materials, please contact Bea Trickett at bea@communityforklift.com

News from the Forklift Fans:

Is this the year you'll finally install a rain barrel to save money and water?  To to do it yourself, go to http://www.dnr.state.md.us/ed/rainbarrel.html ...or you can attend a workshop or purchase a rainbarrel from The Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin - for more info, go to http://www.potomacriver.org/cms/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50&Itemid=69

Any women looking for a new career?  The Washington Area Women in the Trades (WAWIT) provides a 6-week construction training program for women, and the next class starts March 30, 2009!  LOCATION: YWCA National Capital Area, 624 Ninth Street, NW, by the Gallery Place Metro.  They provide hands-on training at local union centers; reading, math, financial literacy and computer classes; CPR and other certifications; physical fitness training; intensive job placement help; and ongoing support for graduates.  To find out more, call 202-626-0700 ext. 39 or go to http://www.ywcanca.org/pdf/WAWIT%20Recruit%20Flyer%20Class%206.pdf

A large, beautiful crape myrtle tree is slated to be bulldozed in Waldorf, MD.  Unfortunately, the Forklift does not have the ability to remove it.  If you know someone who might be interested in removing it, please contact Ruthie at Ruthie@communityforklift.com

The Sustainable Design Group is holding a "Zero Energy Earth Home Construction Demonstration" for DC region green construction industry, media, and state & local policymakers. The manufacture of Compressed Earth Brick (CEBs) will be demonstrated on Saturday March 21, 2009 from 11am-2 pm on-site at the "Falls Church Erdhaus" at 306-B Grove Avenue in Falls Church, VA.   If you are unable to attend this demonstration, you can follow the construction progress at http://fallschurcherdhaus.blogspot.com/  

*   Brian Higgins of Green Home, LLC invites you to visit his booth at the Go Green America Trade Show
Dates:      Saturday, March 28, 2009 - Sunday, March 29, 2009
Location:  Montgomery County Fairgrounds
              16 Chestnut St, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Times:      Saturday 10 am - 7 pm and Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
Website:  http://gogreenamericaexpo.com/

Workshops at Urban Solar Solutions (our next-door-neighbor!)

March 22, 2009 Green Money for Homeowners
Learn how the Stimulous Plan signed on Tuesday may help you green your home.  Learn about the latest energy efficiency tax changes, grant programs and other sources of funds for improving your home.  From federal incentives to state grants to private foundation funds, we will run down some of the biggest and best programs and give you tips on how to gain access to assistance available to every income level. 

In April, Learn about bio-diesel and other green personal transportation options.  Also, portable energy is a great option for contractors and others who work out doors and on the go.  We'll have a free program on some of the latest battery systems, solar generators and, even, bike generators with tips on how to incorporate them into your business.   We'll also be holding another  "Going Solar" program.

In May, look out for our first ever Solar Cookoff.   Purchase  a solar oven now to start perfecting your best recipes or make your own.  Urban Solar Solutions carries ovens and magazines and books on how to cook with the sun.  Funds will be raised to support Solar Household Energy, Inc., the nonprofit corporation that supplies solar ovens for inPrizes to be announced. 

All the programs will be at the Urban Solar Solutions store at 4641 Tanglewood Drive, Hyattsville, MD 20781.  For details or to register go to www.urbansolarsolutions.com or call 301 209 0011 during business hours.