Boston Building Resources is a nonprofit building materials reuse organization whose mission is to keep good materials out of the landfill and put them in the hands of people who would not otherwise be able to afford them.
Let me tell you about the materials generated by the Massachusetts film industry, and how they end up in the hands of our members. We have been working with the film industry here in the Boston area for quite a few years now, and we have seen everything from tractor trailers of premium grade framing lumber (like the 2x kiln dried material, I-joists, lvl’s, steel, and more from Black Mass and The Judge), to exquisite lighting, plumbing fixtures, plywood, and masonry products (pavers from Grown Ups 2). And those are just a few of the productions we have collected material from.
Why is this so important to us? Because it means we can raise the bar on the quality of building materials we can offer our income-qualified members (at steep discounts so they can afford them), and that means they can live in better homes with higher quality materials, sourced from right here in the area.
Because of the film tax incentives, the production companies have just that much more of a margin to be able to afford the extra labor required to dismantle sets with reuse in mind — otherwise this material ends up in the landfill. So those few production companies that may remain if the credit is removed will likely go back to that scenario. We all lose if the Massachusetts film tax incentive goes away.
The difference this has made to our organization is real and palpable. Losing the incentive would affect scores of our members directly, and others indirectly as our organization as a whole would feel the effect if that pipeline were severed.
No doubt about it — the film tax incentive has affected our members positively, and it would be sorely missed. And it has positively affected the impact these productions have had on the environment, so it would be doubly missed.