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The Salvage Centre

The Salvage Centre saves building materials from going to landfills, specialising in salvaging timber that we can turn into amazing, recycled floorboards.  We pioneer, redesign and reform the fast-growing market in Australia for reclaimed and recycled timber.

The durability and quality of the old timber are better than many products that have been produced from young wood.  When you buy services from The Salvage Centre, you help minimise logging and instead maximise a logical low-carbon and aesthetic use of the resources we have ready at hand.

The Salvage Centre is all about making the most out of everything. Overall, we are actively moving away from the throw-away society towards more circular, eco-friendly, and sustainable practices. Rather than seeing quality building materials go to waste, we specialise in salvaging them. We save the timber and other building materials, so they can be recycled and put back in the building game.

Many of our customers appreciate that our recycled timber has no toxics, no VOCs, and no nasties. Also, by demolishing a house the old-fashioned more hands-on way, we create more jobs than any standard demolishing.

Due to deforestation, the increase of bushfires, and new government legislation, wood is becoming a more and more sparse resource. We live at a time when growing trees provide new value to us simply because of their ability to draw down carbon from the atmosphere.

Wood and timber reclaimed by The Salvage Centre is distributed to retailers across the country by Reconstructed, a Geelong-based business specialising in recycled and reclaimed timber products and services.

The Salvage Centre has certified as Carbon Neutral Products the following flooring products:

  • 100% Recycled 15 mm
  • 100% Recycled 19 mm
  • 30% Recycled 16 mm

Climate Change Action

The Salvage Centre flooring products listed above are certified carbon neutral by the Carbon Reduction Institute (CRI) under the NoCO2 Program. To achieve Carbon Neutral Product certification, The Salvage Centre undertook the following process:

  1. Commissioned a Hybrid Life Cycle Assessment of the products listed above from CRI to quantify the carbon footprint of the products. CRI’s assessment relied upon delivery-specific data from The Salvage Centre, as well as published sources of relevant data and emissions factors.
  2. Committed to offset the emissions associated with the above-listed flooring products through the purchase of units in approved projects under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) or Gold Standard (GS) on a quarterly basis, and
  3. Committed to ongoing reporting and auditing of their product emissions through quarterly sales reporting.

What does Carbon Neutral Service Certification mean?

By meeting the requirements of the NoCO2 Program, the products listed above are certified as Carbon Neutral Products by CRI; can be promoted and marketed as such, and can display the Carbon Neutral Product Logo issued by CRI.

What Carbon Credit Projects does The Salvage Centre purchase offsets from?

India: Clean Energy from Wind Project

Environmental problems in India are growing rapidly. The increasing economic development and a rapidly growing population that has taken the country from 300 million people in 1947 to more than one billion people today is putting a strain on the environment, infrastructure, and the country’s natural resources. India’s air pollution is exacerbated by its heavy reliance on coal for power generation. Coal supplies more than half of the country’s energy needs and is used for nearly three-quarters of electricity generation. While India is fortunate to have abundant reserves of coal to power economic development, the burning of this resource, especially given the high ash content of India’s coal, has come at a cost in terms of public health risk and environmental degradation.

The Projects:

Investments in clean energy sources, such as wind, are therefore considered to be essential both in the interest of the environment and for public health reasons. Wind projects partially displace electricity currently generated from grid-connected conventional fossil fuel-based thermal power plants, while reducing emissions. Wind Projects reduce the emission of greenhouse gases and limit local air pollution, curtailing its negative health impacts. In addition to its environmental benefits, the implementation of the project creates job opportunities for local workers, contractors, and suppliers, while the operation and maintenance of the wind park generate long-term employment positions.

Carbon Reduction Institute