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Newsletter June 27, 2017

June 27, 2017     Please FORWARD to a friend or colleague.     SUBSCRIBE

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

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>>

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>>   

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

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

Insulated 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


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! 
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!

repurposedFEEDBACK:  "I enjoy your email newsletters." - Dr. Ron Lembke w/ University of Nevada, Reno
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Locations:  (303-321-1471) DenverChicagoAtlantaDallasPhiladelphia
Fiberglass Tanks. 1,000 and 6,500 gallon tanks.  L: Chicago  Click for Pricing>>
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!?!

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

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>>
mythBUSTER - Myth:  All our customers drive pickups or old piece of junk vehicles.  Truth: Here is one of our Lincoln-driving customers.  Actually, and maybe surprising to some, a lot of our customers would fit in the high net worth demographic.  

Q: Can you draw any cause/effect conclusions about why they're wealthy?  Hmmm...could it be because they buy used and keep their costs low?
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?