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Newsletter July 5, 2017

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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.  LEARN MORE ABOUT US>>   
In this Edition Denver | Chicago | Atlanta | Dallas | Philadelphia

Rolls of Rubber.  BEFORE:  These rolls of rubber were involved in a truck accident on the way to a factory where they were going to be die cut into diaphragms for truck air brakes.  The customer rejected the whole load.  Really!?!  How bad can you hurt rolls of rubber?  Anyway, these brand new rolls of 1/8" x 56" x 100-200' are available for sale.  (NOTE: The blue material is protective packaging layer between the black rubber.)  L: Denver  Email for Pricing>>

Sample Request:  "We are going to test this product for soles of our cowboy boots.  We want to test the durability on different surfaces as well." Lacey

Polyiso Insulation.  BEFORE: We salvaged 45 truckloads of 3" x 4' x 8'  sheets off a Auto Zone distribution center warehouse.  L: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Philadelphia  Click Here for Pricing>>

repurposedCUSTOMER:  Jerry bought 4 bunks of this used insulation yesterday to insulate his airplane hanger in New Jersey.  Jerry, we appreciate your business!


Stainless Steel Skeletons.  We just got in a bunch of stainless steel skeletons  The skeletons were created when they punched out 7/64" holes.  Sheets Sizes: 30" x 12' and 4' x 12'.  These sheets are thin enough to be quite flexible.  L: Dallas  Click for Sizes and Pricing>>

Your Ideas:  "I've attached an image of a couple of lights we manufacture, which could serve as 'repurposing' ideas for the perforated stainless steel sheets."  Lawrence w/ Metro Lighting


Olive #1...repurposedINBOX:   "I am intrigued by your business concept...and I like the no BS HTML newsletter style!  Our field research teams often visit Florida farms having recyclable material. How can we work with you?" - Michael O'Hara Garcia, President of the Florida Olive Council  REMichael, Let's talk!  What is a good phone # for you?  

Q: Like Michael, would you like to schedule a call on how our organizations could collaborate?  Email Us>>

Olive #2...repurposedHISTORY.  In Italy after World War II many enterprising olive farmers "repurposed" old parachutes left behind by Allied soldiers.  The old parachutes, with their hole in the middle, worked ideally to use as a skirt under the trees (think Christmas tree skirt) to collect all the olives as they were picked.  While the WWII parachutes have long ago vanished, the parachutes were such a hit that still today they refer to the skirts as "parachutes".  

Q: Like this WWII-era "repurpose", do you know of other historical "repurposes"?  Email Details>>

Cargo Parachutes.
  35' and 100' used parachutes.  Order Online>>


repurposedROLODEX "Our company provides a service to the paper industry when coils of paper get damaged.  The coils are useless if the interior core is crushed or soft.  Likewise, the coil may be out of round.  We fix this damage so the paper on the coil can be used instead of sent to recycling!" - Kyle  RE: Kyle, thanks for sharing.  We sometimes do get offered damaged paper coils.  Now we know where to send them!

Q:  Like Kyle's company, does your company repair, upgrade, restore, overhaul, recondition, cleanup assets or materials that industry is discarding to increase their value?  We are building our Rolodex of companies that add value to castoffs of Corporate America.   If yes, we’d like to hear from you!  Call Damon @ 303.321.1471 or 
Email Damon>>

repurposedPATRIOTISM.  We hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th of July.  Here is a little "repurposed" patriotism!!!

WANTED: Hard-to-Recover Metals.  Do you have waste material that has a % of non-ferrous metal content that is hard to recover?  If yes, we might be able to help!  Lots of these metals have very little, if any, scrap value because the metal is too costly to recover because of adjoining plastics, glass, coatings, adhesives, rubber, laminated films, etc.  Call Damon at 303.321.1471 or Email Us for Details>>

EXAMPLE:  So, want an example of a hard-to-recover metal?  Take, for example, peel off packaging lids like on yogurt cups.  They lid is a mix of aluminum and plastic laminated together.  The presences of the plastic greatly diminishes the value of the aluminum.  SOURCE/REASON: Often the marketing department will change the printing on the labels and brand new coils of this packaging material are instantly obsolete.  Q: Know any food manufacturers where this is the case?  Email Us>>


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Locations:  (303-321-1471) DenverChicagoAtlantaDallasPhiladelphia

3/8" Guy Wire.  182,000' on 18 spools.  Selling by the individual spool.  L: Denver  Click Here for Pricing>>

repurposedPROJECT:  "I’ve attached a picture of a fence I built using 3/8" guy wire cable.  It really makes an awesome fence for horses." - Dave Peterson inIdaho

55 gal Steel Drums.  L: Denver, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Dallas  Click for Pricing>>

repurposedPROJECT:  "I just saw this on 55 gallon drum into BBQ." Judd Brooks  Click Here for all 9 Steps>>   

Fiberglass Tanks. 1,000 and 6,500 gallon tanks.  L: Chicago  Click for Pricing>>
Synthetic Turf. Several different types / roll sizes of turf.  L: Dallas, Denver, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta  Turf Pricing>>

repurposedPROJECT:  The 29th Street Mall in Boulder, CO created "grasslets" using artificial turf topped off with waterproof pillows to spruce up their otherwise grass-less shopping mall!

Gym Flooring.  L: Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia, Atlanta  Click Here for Court Pricing>>

repurposedPROJECT:  "Nathan, from South Dakota, purchased 33 sheets of gym flooring. He is using it to build a custom squash court in his basement." - Patrick (our Chicago manager)

INTERESTING FACT:  Many think that "repurposing" is for those of the lower income demographic.  To the contrary, as Nathan's home squash court attests, we have many very high net worth and business owners/executives as customers and supporters!  Hmmm...might there be a correlation between frugality and net worth!?!

Insulated Roof Pavers.  This a pretty unique waste stream.  This is a thick piece of Dow insulation board with a 1/2" of concrete adhered to it to form an insulated paver.  The panels are 3-4" x 2' x 4'  L: Denver, Philadelphia, Atlanta  Click Here for Pricing>>

repurposedSUGGESTION:  "Your used roofing pavers look a whole lot like the foundation insulation panels they sell to insulated the exposed foundation walls around your house." - Eric Jansen in Vermont


UHMW Polyethylene Flat Bar Stock.  (Qty 35 - 4" x 12" x 18')  L: Denver  Click for Pricing>>

repurposedSUGGESTION:  "Your 4" material would be ideal for dock bumpers and piers at ports and terminals.  Your asking price for the unused stock is half the cost of new.  So, great pricing!!  Somebody will probably forward it on to some port operator or shipyard." Rick in San Diego

PROBLEM:  Paul, an environmental engineer at a large tire warehouse facility is resourceful and a "repurposer".  His forklift operators kept running into the exterior walls of their very large warehouse building.  He had tried multiple solutions.  SOLUTION:  Paint railroad rail yellow and bolt it 18" out from the wall.  (see pictures below.)  "This worked like a charm.  I was continuing to have to repair the wall and replace concrete or rubber bumpers and came up with this idea to use railroad rail." - Paul  

Railroad Rail.  L: Denver  Click for Pricing>>

How We Work.  BEFORE"I have some granite slabs from old measuring equipment and gauge work.  Can you help me find them a home?" Cynette w/ General Motors Corp  STATUSCynette accepted our offer, and we now have they granite slaps for sale.

Q:  Like Cynette, do you have obsolete items you'd like our help in finding a home for?  If yes, Email Us Details>>

Granite Surface Plates.  Several different 2" x 16" x 20" up to 12" x 44" 87" weighing 4,500 lbs...of these granite slabs  L: Philadelphia  Click for Details>>
repurposedFEEDBACK:  "I enjoy your email newsletters." - Dr. Ron Lembke w/ University of Nevada, Reno

repurposedFAIL:  We had someone ask what happens to old, retired hot air balloons and specifically the balloon fabric.  This balloon fabric was a great candidate for "repurposing" in our minds.  So, we started our due diligence.  Some materials just don't work for "repurposing" this case foul odor.  Q: Got a byproduct you want us to do some due diligence on?  Contact Us>>

Due Diligence:  "Many times balloons have what is called hydrolysis, and smells terrible. The smell cannot effectively be removed without causing damage to the fabric." - Tim Hampton

"Most succumb to mold as the heat and dampness destroys the original inhibitors.  The odor given off smells like someone has been violently sick in the bag and over time is allowed to fester." - Phil

"Balloons are flown by burning liquid propane and once they reach end-of-life they do, and always will, smell like burnt propane. It isn't a slight smell either and can often be overpowering with an older balloon." - Robbie Wahl

repurposedINBOX:  "I saw this add on Craigslist the other day and went to the lot to pick up some poly pipe on spools. I talked with Matt there and he wants to get rid of everything , for free. Just thought you guys could help him out by going and getting some of the spools and piping." - Miles Flansburg  RE: Miles, thanks for the referral.  We'll check it out! 
Companies We Like.  Recycled Firefighter makes wallets and bags out of decommissioned fire hose.  (FYI...Damon loves his fire hose wallet!)  Order online   
* A.C.E.  This acronym stands for AttributesCharacteristicsEngineering.  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 it's 1st life that might help identify a very different, 2nd life for it?