Colorado-based processing firm redefines the phrase “recycling”

Written By: Thatcher Michelsen November 1, 2012 0
repurposedMATERIALS from Colorado recently took old conveyor belt treads and turned them into flooring for machine shops and truck beds.
repurposedMATERIALS from Colorado recently took old conveyor belt treads and turned them into flooring for machine shops and truck beds.

When most people think of recycling, they imagine separating their bottles from their cans and getting a few quarters back for their efforts. Some people can even make a tidy little profit off of doing this activity daily. One company, however, has taken it to a whole new level.

Known as repurposedMATERIALS, the firm takes discarded industrial components and puts them to work in another capacity. In a recent article, green news source Earthtechling covered one such instance, where the conveyor belts from a coal mining company were transformed into a flooring cover for a machine shop. The convenience of this service lies in the idea that clients can cut down on new materials expenses as they receive the same functions at a substantial discount.

Damon Carson, the founder and owner of the organization, wrote in a statement on the company's website that he considers his service to be akin to professional dumpster diving.

"I've been called a lot of things: Dr. Junk, dumpster jockey, trash wizard. It doesn't matter, as long as they know I've got what they need," he was quoted as saying. "We don't recycle. There's no chipping and grinding going on here. We repurpose. We buy it and sell it as is. No warranties or guarantees. Our customers come up with all kinds of creative reuses for these products."

A service like Carson's enables companies to practice low-impact business protocols without having to shell out for potentially expensive technical upgrades. If you're a business owner, you may want to consider looking into repurposedMATERIALS and other organizations like it. By doing so, you can do your part in reducing industrial waste while saving a buck or two at the same time.

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