One of the constant battles waged in business today is the battle between the seemingly competing initiatives of profitability and sustainability. It seems as in most scenarios one has to be at the expense of the other.
In the warehousing and logistics world a common scenario is abandoned inventory. Certainly, landfilling is often the hassle-free way to get rid of the problem, but that is obviously at odds with corporate goals of such as landfill diversion goals or the efforts to reach Zero Waste.
Enter into this challenge repurposedMATERIALS. This company is very interested in all types of abandoned inventory and anything else that would be a candidate for “repurposing” for that matter.
“We pioneered our ‘repurposing’ mission / concept on used materials like used conveyor belting from mines,” says founder and President Damon Carson. “As we matured, though, we getting more and more opportunities to find unrelated 2nd industries that can ‘repurpose’ abandoned inventories and other surplus materials from the warehousing and logistics sector.”
So, what are some examples of “repurposing”? It is taking a byproduct or waste stream such as a retired street sweeper brush and giving it a 2nd life as a backscratcher for horses or cattle. It is taking a decommissioned fire hose and giving it an extended life as a boat dock fender. It is taking an obsolete ski lift cable and giving it a second life as hand railing in a luxury condo building.
“We had 4 semi loads of abandoned specialty polymers that were designed for the flood control industry,” says Geoff Stephany with Old Dominion Freight Lines. “Our customer went bankrupt, and we were looking at just landfilling this product. We found repurposedMATERIALS and they found a home for the polymers in the waste solidification industry. We were thrilled to keep this out of the landfill!”
With yards in Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, and Philadelphia, the company has interest in opportunities all across America!