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Newsletter May 23, 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
Unused Trailer Flooring.  L: All Locations  Click for Pricing>>

repurposingHOW/TO:  "Hello, I'm a carpenter in Salida, CO & I have 'distressed' many new boards & beams to make them look like they came out of an old mine or an old factory.  Here is the key..." - Brian  Read rest of Brian's technique below>>
repurposedNEWS.  "I thought you guys were full of it with your sweeper brushes for livestock backscratchers until I read this in the Wall St Journal over the weekend.  'Farmers are coddling cows with waterbeds, backscratchers...'  I guess your newsletter is not 'fake news' after!" - Rick Johnson in Virginia  

Street Sweeper Brushes.  We just got in 60 more brushes.  L: Denver  Click for Pricing>>
Filter Cloth.  These super durable filter cloths were used in press filters in the beverage industry to strain things like apple juice.  The porous fabric has an ideal "repurpose" as lawn debris tarps for landscapers, golf courses, etc.  Filter Cloth pricing>> 

repurposedPROJECT:  "These are ideal for skimming scum off our ponds.  After all, they are filter cloths." - Jet Thomas in Virginia

UHMW Polyethylene (Ultra High Molecular Weight) 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

repurposedINQUIRY:  "I write a newsletter for The Engineering Society of Buffalothat gets distributed to 200 local engineers, contractors, etc and I'd be honored if you would provide content on either a monthly, quarterly, or individual basis." Robin Closs  RERobin, absolutely.  We'll send you an article that you can publish.  Thanks for asking!
Q: Like Robin, would you like to include an article about "repurposing" in a newsletter or publication?  We would be happy to provide content.  
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repurposedPRODUCTS see all PRODUCTS>>
Locations:  (303-321-1471) DenverChicagoAtlantaDallasPhiladelphia
Propane Tanks.  250, 500, 1000 gallon tanks.  L: Denver  Click Here for pricing on Tanks>>

repurposedCUSTOMER:  We just sold another propane tank to Oskar Blues' (a craft beer company) fabrication company.  They "repurpose" them into these logo'd fire pits.  Way cool!  Ian, we appreciate your business.

repurposedCOMBO.  "This is not my picture, just an idea I came across on Pinterest.  I thought this would be perfect for the Guardrail Timbers and Steel Cable you have." - Kristy Stommel  QLike Kristy, do you have project pictures where used materials could be substituted?  If yes, Email Pics and Details>>

Guardrail Timbers.  L: Dallas, Denver  Click Here for Pricing>>

Steel Cable.  L: Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Denver  Click Here for Pricing>>

Highway Overhead Sign Structures.  Aluminum box truss and galvanized steel structures from overhead highway signs.  L: Chicago  Click for Structures>>

repurposedIDEA:  "The aluminum box truss could be of use for zip line towers at our Boy Scout camp.  Let me do some research." Mike   

Railroad Rail.  L: Denver  Click Here for Pricing>>

repurposedPROJECT "Making cattle guards out of these used rails makes a super strong crossing.  This is especially helpful when heavy oilfield trucks cross our cattle guards several times per week." - Mark Elliott in North Dakota 
Polyiso Insulation.  L: Chi, Atl, Den, Phi, DFW Click Here for pricing>>
SHHHH...We have 1 truckload in Dallas that is brand new, never installed insulation.  The manufacture didn't want to sell them because of their non-standard thicknesses.  If you want pricing on unused insulation, Call Ethan at 303.321.1471
Salt.  Morton TFC H.G. Blending Salt.  Food Grade.  50lb sacks...39,000 lbs total.  Bags are a bit lumpy & clumpy.  L: Denver  Email for Pricing>>

Q: Like with this salt, do you have product or inventory that you'd like out of your warehouse?  If yes, Email Us Details>>

repurposedTHOUGHT:  "Possibly going to use your salt to convert a chlorine pool to a salt water pool.  Would take about 1 pallet to get that done. Food grade salt works great for this application.  The salt they sell in the pool equipment stores runs about $1.00/lb." - Mark
Used Conveyor Belting.  L: Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Denver  Conveyor Belt Pricing>>

repurposedINQUIRY:  "Can you tell me what I can expect to pay for approx. 30' x 40" of 5/8" thick conveyor belt.  We are trying to find some to use as a baseball back stop for our league ball field.  Thank you." Shane
repurposedREFERRAL.  "We're a stainless steel band clamp company.  Jenn from Waste Management mentioned your company during a recent waste audit.  We're taking some sustainability initiatives this year and would like to discuss with you some of our routine process scrap to see if you're interested." - Parker  RE: Parker, Yes, we'd have interest.  I just left you a voicemail.  Call Damon at 303.321.1471 to discuss.

THX:  Jenn, thanks for referring Parker to us during your waste audit!

Q: Like Parker, do you sustainability initiatives in place that we might be able to assist on?  If yes, 
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waste/basedBUSINESS.  We have formed a marketing partnership with a foam shredding equipment manufacturer.  NOTE:  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, removal, marketplace.   Contact Us>>  

Shredding Machine Client:  The Maldives Islands purchased a shredding machine.  Here is their scenario: Problem #1: Much of their infrastructure on the islands is made with concrete.  If they continue digging and using sand from their islands to make concrete they will eventually not have islands.  Problem #2: As an island nation, they import almost all of their goods.  With all these goods comes loads and loads of packing foam.  Solution:  They purchased the shredding equipment to grind up the foam, and they use the size specific foam the shredder produces as an aggregate substitute in their concrete.  BRILLIANT solution solving 2 problems!!!! 

Q:  Are you a big user of smaller particle packing peanuts, etc?  If yes, and you'd like to reduce costs and your environmental footprint, this shredder might be for you.  
Contact Us for Details>>

Unused Trailer Flooring.   L: All Locations  Click for Pricing>>

Q: What would be some techniques to distress this flooring to make it look like it has been in the back of semi trailer for a decade or two?  Email Distressing Techniques>>

repurposingHOW/TO:  "Hello, I'm a carpenter in Salida, CO & I have 'distressed' many new boards & beams to make them look like they came out of an old mine or an old factory.  I have used grinders w/40-80 grit, it makes nice wear marks where a line or rope might have been.   Hammers, large/small pry bars, chains & anything large & blunt can make nice dents & deep scratches.  Keeping it random is harder than you think.  Getting different people involved seems to help.  But here is the key:  stain the wood b4 distressing. Then do your desired amount of distressing, then sand the whole or parts of the piece of wood (120 grit) and then distress some more.  Then re-apply stain again.  This will give it the true old look.  The dents & scratches will show a little darker & different.  It takes some practice but the end result with this method has fooled people in the rough sawn wood business.  You could also EcoTreat the wood, rather than stain it.  It goes faster & has an 'older' look to it.  It's also less expensive than traditional stains.   I set up a gutter system to catch the EcoTreat runoff so it can be reused or reapplied to the next boards.  I work for a custom home builder, so we have not rushed or hurried the distressing process.  But I'm sure if you set up an assembly line, with a bunch of people each doing something a little different, you could get a bunch done in short order.  Air/power tools help it go faster for sure.   It's a fun custom process anyway you do it.  
PS- if you aren't familiar with  EcoTreat
 - - it's a powder you mix with water to form a mild acid that changes the PH of the wood, thus preserving it.  It comes from BC.  Some lumber yards carry it.  It makes new wood look old in hours & days.  Cedar & Doug Fir turn dark brown in weeks & pine generally turns dark gray.  You can play with the dilution to get the desired shading.  It's a great product."

* 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?