Group hopes to save plywood covering Twin Cities businesses

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As businesses start to take down plywood from windows following protests surrounding George Floyd's death in south Minneapolis, one Minnesota group is hoping to keep it out of the landfill and incinerators.

"We want to make sure they're not putting it into the trash," said Jennifer Kedward, president of ReUSE MN. "Instead, it's very useable, wonderful plywood even if it's painted on."

The Twin Cities Plywood Rescue is one way ReUSE MN want to help.

"Businesses and organizations can drop-off plywood at temporary neighborhood sites, or they can schedule a drop-off at our central location in the Twin Cities," Kedward told Dave Lee during the WCCO Morning News on Thursday.

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Several groups are working to preserve the murals and artwork that's covered the plywood. ReUSE MN says they don't plan to take any of the artwork.

"We're taking the lead from the community. If a business wants to take down their plywood and give it to use, we'll take it. A lot of the murals are staying up until they can figure out what they want to do with them."

Collecting the plywood is a way, according to Kedward, to make the most of the resources used to create it in the first place.

"A lot of resources go into the creation of our materials. We often forget that," Kedward said. "It's a lot of plywood, labor, wood, and chemicals that go into making it. If we just end up throwing it away all that's for not. We should keep it around as long possible."