Most of us have that “one closet” in our home or “one drawer” in our kitchen that’s filled to the brim with things we no longer use, but can’t – in good conscience – just throw out. And chances are, if you took a peak into the closets and storage rooms around your workplace, you’d probably see the same issue.
The Austin Materials Marketplace isn’t just for manufacturing businesses and organizations. Our project team recently visited General Motors’ Austin Call Center, where we uncovered a treasure chest full of wonderfully useful materials hiding inside of their closets and storage rooms. This included reusable business furniture in great condition, office fixtures in perfect condition leftover from a previous remodel, and obsolete electronics and cables. These rooms needed to be cleared out quickly to make space for some new equipment coming in, and General Motors’ commitment to landfill free guided them towards our program as one potential solution.
These are all materials the Austin Materials Marketplace program is designed to accommodate, and we have more than a few connections in the Austin area to either reuse or recycle these sorts of materials, keeping them far away from our local landfill. In this example, we were able to facilitate a connection between General Motors and Texas Office Products & Supply for the transportation, reuse and recycling of nearly all of GM’s materials, about 75 cubic yards total, detailed below.
So take a peak in your workplace’s storage rooms and closets. Jot down all the items your business has been storing for way too long and needs to get rid of. Then contact us to help you deal with these items in a responsible, sustainable way. We’re here to help.
|Cubic Yard(s)||Material||Resale (yds³)||Recycle (yds³)||Donation (yds³)|
|8||Misc cubical parts: polyester, metal and wood (no resale value)||6|
|8||TV Monitors (30-36")||8|
|3||CPUs, fax machines, keyboards||3|
|10||Rolling media carts||3|
|2||Shelving parts - no upright supports||1|
|3||Light fixtures - large, 30" round||3|
|2||2x2 ceiling tile||2|
|2||Data cables, some new in packages||2|
|1||Styrofoam boards, 4x8||1|
|3||500-1000 used headsets||3|
|2||Cardboard boxes (used to store the headsets)||2|