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re·pur·posed·MA·TE·RI·ALS (noun) - byproducts and waste that have value "as is" to a second, unrelated industry.  WATCH "repurposing" Video Introduction>>


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  •  Not 1, but 2, "repurposes" for Railroad byproducts  (See Below>>) 
  • "repurpose" on the Frozen Tundra of Canada  (See Below>>)
  •  Composite Lumber in 6 different colors (See Below>>)
  •  Concrete Mixer vs. Meat Mixer - How different are they really?  (See Below>>)


RR "repurpose" #1...Railroad Rail.  L: Denver  Click Here for Rail lengths and prices>>

repurposedPROJECT: "I saw these railroad rails turned foot rests at a bar.  I thought of you guys!" - Raymond



RR "repurpose" #2...Train Wheels.  repurposedPROJECT: "Up here in New England I've seen guys take a train car wheel and use them as mooring for their boats.  They weld an eye-bolt on the 700-800 lb wheel and then sink it.  If they have a larger boat and need more weight, they simply weld a few wheels together.  BTW, I love what you guys are doing.  Just like with these steel wheels...of course, they could be melted down, but re-use is way better than recycling!" - Robert in Massachusetts




Military Cargo Parachutes.  35' and 100' in stock.  L: Denver, Chicago  ORDER ONLINE>>

warmEQUIPMENT: "We use these cargo parachutes up here in Canada to make a portable, temporary heated shelter to work on our heavy equipment.  We drape the parachute over the equip and then put a propane burner under it.  And, it expands like a hot air balloon.  Keeps us nice and toasty!" - Bill in Alberta 

Q: Like with these parachutes, have you seen other "repurposing" done in conjunction w/ Equipment Maintenance?  Submit Ideas>>




equipmentSIMILARITY:  "Damon, You've show the mixers off concrete trucks the last few editions.  Funny, those mixers look almost identical to big stainless meat tumblers used in the meat packing industry to marinate meat.  These might be a 'repurpose' opportunity for you." Jim  RE: Jim, Yes, it is funny how much machinery is similar between different industries.  They probably change the Concrete Mixer vs Meat Tumbler...but otherwise, they do about the same thing.  That is where "repurposing" comes in.  Can you find the same machine that has the same *A.C.E. in another industry where you can buy it for less?

Q: Do you have surplus or idle equipment that you would like to deal on to get it out out-of-your-warehouse or off-the-books?  Contact Us>>


internationalEXPANSION.  "I would like to say that this appears to be a very purposeful service that you provide.  It would be extremely useful to a  number of enterprises I work with.  If only it serviced Far North Queensland, Australia.  Let me know if your company or any others will be operating in this are in the near future."Gwen  RE:  Though, we haven't franchised our "repurposing" concept, yet, internationally, we have had several foreign groups express interest.  We're always interested in such discussions!  Contact Us>>




operationDISCOVERY.  We are fielding more and more calls from companies with different kinds of foam waste.  So, we'd like to find out from you, our readers, what is going on with foam recycling.  Several Questions: 1) Do you know of any really smart, innovative applications for a certain type of recycled foam product?  2)  Are you a large generator of foam waste that you'd like to find a higher and better use for?  3)  Or, on the flip side, are you looking to find more sources for a certain type(s) of recycled foam?  Contact Us>>




foamIDEA:  "Hi Damon, If you spray bedliner (LineX or diy products) on foam products they become a lightweight yet extremely durable building material, shelves, storage buildings, etc.  I do, it takes on a hard rigid form, the overlanding (vehicle based off-road expeditions) community uses it for gear boxes, or side steps on vehicles/trailers, while we typically use a polyurethane foam I don’t see the problem with using other types of foam.  It essentially becomes 40% to 60% lighter than plywood with the same durability.
" - Kirk 


foamSOURCE:  "Hi Damon,  We have bags of foam buffing dust which is a byproduct of one of our processes.  We buff off the excess foam and collect it in a dust bag house then transfer it too plastic bags..  Each bag weighs about 40-50 lbs. and we put out around 11-14 bags a day.  It’s a fine powder consistency.  The colors change but it’s basically the same product, a polyurethane foam." - Charlie

foamIDEA:  "Fine polyurethane buffing dust could be good for stucco, paint texture, plaster texturing, mortar aggregate, sculpting concrete aggregate.  It is probably a lot more dense than fine shredded EPS and a lot less dense than sand.  I am considering it to be a mortar sand replacement.  I would take 2 or 3 parts foam dust with 1 part portland cement, and add water til you get a workable mortar.  It might be fantastic, or it might still need a couple additives." - Dave


foamOUTLET:  "We do equestrian vaulting (dance and gymnastics on horseback) and are always looking for reasonably-priced foam to put under/around our practice equipment and to pad under the horse’s equipment." - Natalie





Composite Lumber.  We just took in a truckload of these 1/2" x 11 1/4" x 12' panels.  They come in 6 colors  L: Atlanta  Email for Colors, Quantities & Pricing>>


Turf Pad Underlayment.  BEFORE:  These interlocking pieces of expanded polypropylene were used as turf underlayment on a football field.  FOR SALE:  The pieces are 1" x 48" x 48".  We have 60,000 Sq Ft of this underlayment.  L: Denver  Click for Pictures and Pricing>>  *A,C,E:  These pads are sturdy, water permeable, interlocking, etc.  

repurposedIDEA: "These turf pads look like they could be the makings of a great floating island on waste water ponds to help clean up the water!" - Joe


Insulated Pavers.  These are highly engineered 2' x 4' panels that are a combination of lightweight concrete adhered to foam insulation.  L: Atlanta, Philadelphia  Click Here for Insulated Paver Prices>>

repurposedIDEA:  "Could you quote me shipping on the pavers.  I'm thinking of laying them on our flat roof where we're having 'ponding' issues.  I'm thinking the mass of the pavers will displace most of the standing water." - Jack  RE: Jack, we're not roofers but it sounds logical!


Gym Floor...1-yr-old.  This is an 8,800 Sq Ft gym floor that is just 1 year old.  It hasn't even had it's 1st birthday, yet...LOL!  L: Atlanta.  Click for Sizes and Prices>>

BEFORE:  "Damon, We installed this floor last summer and unfortunately is being replaced with a new floor due to the spacing of nails near the ends of the boards and some low spots in the concrete below." Rob   OPPORTUNITY:  Do you know of a school or organization looking to replace a gym floor on a tight budget?  If yes, PLEASE forward this opportunity.


Polypropylene Rolls.  BEFORE: This aviation equipment manufacturer imports this non-woven, needle punched, 100% polypropylene felt from Germany.  A certain % doesn't meet their demanding tolerances.  That is what we got in.  STATUS:  For sale.  L: Denver  Click for Pricing>>


Guardrail Offset Blocks.  Location: Atlanta  Click Here for Offset Prices>>

repurposedIDEA"For centuries, in high traffic areas Douglas fir has been used as flooring with blocks placed upright so that the end grain is the top surface. The top surface is sanded just like for any wood floor,  then sealed and varnish applied. The blocks can be set in many different methods, typically on a concrete slab with adhesive.  Of course, I am not certain as to the species of these blocks but do expect that the most likely species is Douglas fir." - John



Steel Cable.  L: Atlanta, Denver  Click Here for Steel Cable Sizes and Prices>>

repurposedPROJECT...Steel Cable.  David Mauriello sent us this great "how to" video for making a backyard suspension bridge.  Watch Video>>  


55 gal Drums w/ Lids.   We have several more truckloads of used barrels.  L: Philadelphia, Atlanta, Denver, Dallas  Email Us for Truckload Pricing>>

repurposedINQUIRY.  "I am looking to purchase steel drums to ship waste powder from our operations.  The drums must have lids and not leak." - Jim  NOTE: Like Jim's inquiry demonstrates, probably our #1 buyer of open top barrels is companies that need to ship various kinds of waste and byproducts.





repurposedARCHIVES:  A couple of years back we were featured in Farm Life magazine.  (Farm Life is the corporate publication of Massey Ferguson farm equipment.)  They have a fun picture capturing some of our byproducts.  Some of you are getting quite good at the “repurposing” game.  So, test yourself on the pictures below.  Do you know what each of the byproducts is and what some of their repurposes are from the pictures below?  Read Article>>


1.      Street sweeper brush “repurposed” as a livestock backscratcher
2.      Advertising billboard “repurposed” as waterproof tarps for hay, equipment, boats, etc. and pond liners
3.      Mining tire tank “repurposed” as livestock water tank
4.      Climbing rope “repurposed” as general purpose rope
5.      Conveyor belting “repurposed” as garage and trailer flooring
6.      Fire hose “repurposed” as boat dock bumpers, protective sleeves for hoses, cables, etc.
7.      Swimming pool covers “repurposed” as sun shade screens for greenhouses, livestock, etc.
8.      Snow fence lumber “repurposed” as fencing, decking, siding, garden beds, etc.


repurposedFUNNY.  Haven't we told all of you to bring big trailers when you come shopping at one of our locations?  We're not going to keep much out of the landfill one motorcycle trailer at a!


Our Customers.  We often get asked, "Who buys all these used materials?"  A: Well, last week Sony Pictures bought a bunch of billboards to cover stuff on one of their film sets.

Billboard Vinyls.  L: Den, Chi, DFW, Atl, Chi  Click for Sizes and Prices>> 




repurposedARTISAN.  "Here are the flags 'repurposed' from old fire hoses I was telling you about. We will make one and can bring to show you. Typical size is 4'x3'. We are interested in trading material for one of this size if that works. We really would like to have some of the couplings like you see in the photos." - Rhonda Hood

Fire Hose:  
L: DFW, Den, Chi, Atl  Click Here for Prices>>




repurposedWEBINAR  Q: Would you like to learn more about our mission/concept of "repurposing"?  Damon Carson, our founder, will give you an introduction in this 45 minutes webinar.  Register at this link, and you'll be able to access the video to view>>




Learn More...about repurposedMATERIALS.  Watch 2 Minute Introduction Video>>  




waste/basedBUSINESS.   repurposedMATERIALS is actively seeking opportunities to acquire, partner, or joint venture with companies that have unique, durable niches within the re-use, re-manufacturing, re-blending, re-moval, marketplace.  Contact Us>>







* A.C.E.  This acronym stands for Attributes, Characteristics, Engineering.  We use this acronym to tell you a little about a used material and what qualities it has in hopes that someone can find a "repurpose" for it.  Asked another way...what did the material do in its 1st life that might help identify a very different, 2nd life for it?

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