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Where Do We Get All Our Fabulous Materials?

      Here at Austin Creative Reuse, we love checking our email every day. We are always amazed at the thoughtful and generous folks who reach out to us with questions on what to do with the “stuff” that is just too good and reuseful to throw away.

      Recently, Justina Lambert-Barone of Custom Fundraising Solutions did just that, wondering what could be done signage that’s left over from their events. The signage in question is sturdy corrugated plastic. These can’t be recycled but they have so many reuse and upcycling possibilities that we couldn’t resist picking up a truck full.

Well, it didn’t take long to realize that with a bit of creative cutting and duct taping, they would make wonderful “merch” bins for our store. Since this is a total DIY, we could customize our bins in just about every possible way.  We have been like elves in Santa’s toy shop, turning out just the right bin to hold all our materials.

        We’ve been back a few times now to Custom Fundraising Solutions and each time, they have uncovered yet another way to redirect some of their “waste” stream to Austin Creative Reuse. You see, it’s not “waste” to us, its just a piece of solid energy waiting to the transformed into something amazing.

            So, thanks to Justina for taking the time to think about the stuff in your life. Does it need to go to the landfill or can it find new life in the community? That’s a great question!

You can find out more about Custom Fundraising Solutions at https://www.facebook.com/CustomFundraisingSolutionsCentralTexas

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What can I do with… oil-based paint

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I know what you’re thinking. It’s spring time. You have a whole garage full of oil-based paint that you’re looking to dispose of, but you know you don’t want to plop that in your regular ‘ole trash to be carried away to the landfill. Let me personally applaud you for thinking outside that garbage can box!

Unfortunately, Austin Creative Reuse cannot currently accept any oil-based paint, but here are some places you can take your left over oil-based paint:

As always, try Freecycling or giving away the left over paint for free on Craigslist.

You can also have it properly disposed of by taking it to The Household Hazardous Waste Facility. They will properly dispose up to 30 gallons of hazardous household materials for free. Anything beyond that and you may be required to pay a disposal fee.

Tip: In the future, you may consider a latex or acrylic paint for your painting needs. These paints are much easier to find a reuse home for (we accept paint that isn’t oil-based!) and they’re better for your health and the environment.

Thanks, again, for finding a proper home for your materials!

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