Locals work to keep materials out of landfills

11:58 AM, Feb 16, 2012   |    comments
  • Example of how to use items found at Zerolandfill event.
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When interior design companies and architectural firms are finished with a project and all of their examples and samples, where do those leftover materials go? A local group is making sure they don't end up in a landfill.

Zerolandfill East Tennessee is an award winning upcycling program held seasonally that supports the needs of local artists, teachers, and non-profits while reducing pressure on local landfill capacity.

The idea of upcycling is to make something more valuable out of discarded materials.

Architecture and interior design companies can drop off design samples or other materials Friday February 17th and Friday February 24th between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at Commercial Environments, 505 Carden Jennings Ln, Suite 500, Knoxville.

The general public can dig through the materials Saturday February 18th and Saturday February 25th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the same location.

Rebecca Ware, the organizer for Zerolandfill East Tennessee, said, "We saw a need because there is all of this stuff and it is really cool and can be re-purposed into great projects and useful items. We would love to get these things in the hands of teachers, students."

For more information visit www.zerolandfill.net. Or head to their Facebook page.

Materials Commonly Found at ZeroLandfill™ project sites
Carpet Tiles and Books
Paint Decks and Laminate Chips
Upholstery Swatches and Memos
Vinyl and Rubber Flooring Samples
Brick, Tile and Stone Samples
Wallcovering Books and Memos
Glass and Metal Samples
Three Ring Binders
Paper Sample Books
Stock Photo Books
Mat board and Foam Core 

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