The city participates in Hennepin County's pre-demolition inspection program to ensure all regulated materials (such as appliances, electronics, fluorescent lightbulbs, etc.) are removed and properly managed before demolition work begins (per Hennepin County Ordinance 7 paragraph 2.07. The goal of the program is to keep problem materials out of landfills and ensure proper management of waste. The reuse and recycling of building materials is also promoted during inspections. Hennepin County staff conducts the inspections with contractors and requests applicable demolition documentation from contractors including MPCA 10-day notifications, asbestos/hazardous material survey, and disposal manifests.
It is practice for city staff to make an effort to re-use or donate any appliances from city-owned scattered site housing properties prior to demolition. The refrigerator at 6046 West Broadway was salvaged and installed at the city pool and the stove was donated to Habitat for Humanity.
Appliances were retained from the property the EDA acquired at 5212 Pennsylvania Avenue North and utilized as part of the rehabilitation project at 3924 Utah Avenue North in 2019.
In 2022, the city's demolition contractor for the project at 5306 Rhode Island Avenue North subcontracted with an nonprofit organization called Better Futures Minnesota to deconstruct the home. Deconstruction is an environmentally friendly alternative to the typical demolition of buildings. Unlike demolition, deconstruction carefully removes a house or building so that materials can be recycled, repurposed, or reused instead of being sent to a landfill. They work to recover salvageable building materials and divert as much material as possible from landfills. Better Futures Minnesota receives a deconstruction subsidy from Hennepin County to pay for the services. Materials that can be salvaged such as doors, cabinets, lighting, lumber, appliances, tile, and plumbing are then sold at the Better Futures’ ReUSE warehouse.