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ZeroLandfill Atlanta Looks To Make Good Use Of Our Old Trash

Teachers MaryJo Mulvey and Catherine Woodruff show off some of their carts filled with all sorts of supplies during a 2017 ZeroLandfill event.
Teachers MaryJo Mulvey and Catherine Woodruff show off some of their carts filled with all sorts of supplies during a 2017 ZeroLandfill event.
Credit Myke Johns / WABE, file

ZeroLandfill Atlanta 2019 is entering its seventh year. The event has helped to recycle over 275,000 pounds of discontinued architectural and interior design samples, all to be given to educators and artists throughout Atlanta.

Some of the items that can be found at the event include carpet tiles, flooring samples, fabric, glass and metal samples, and books.

To use their words about the event  “why not re-purpose, or up-cycle these materials back into our community? Once unwanted materials can be re-purposed into works of art and materials for educators, non-profit associations, artists, crafters and more.”

This year the recycling event will take place on the next two weekends Aug. 16-17 and a week later on Aug. 23-24 at Certified Finishes on Defoors Ferry Road.

Bryanna Mercer and co-chair Sarah Keithly joined senior producer Claire Reynolds for a conversation on how ZeroLandfill was started and why it matters.