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Ever Tried Dumpster Dunking? – PANYL

Dan Goldman gave us a tip on an Upcycle gone bent. Even though this isn’t building material reuse, or really reuse in any way (turns out this hoop wasn’t even discarded) we like it when we get mail.

So check out the folks from PANYL dumpster dunking.

(For a more legit expression of reuse – join The Drop Box Brigade and bring waste awareness to your community!)

Everybody’s heard of Dumpster-diving.  A smaller number may be aware of a great New Orleans band called Dumpstaphunk featuring cousins Ivan and Ian Neville.    But to our knowledge this is the official coining of “Dumpster Dunking.”

You see about 10 days ago a basketball hoop appeared next to the dumpster.   It had a crack or two in the backboard and a healthy coating of filth, but otherwise in perfectly usable condition.  After a few more days we assumed that whoever brought it was trying to get it in the dumpster but it was too heavy and they had to just leave it there.  We then thought, “We should be the ones to upcycle it.”

Except that it wasn’t actually being thrown out.  It was a guy’s in the architecture office next door and for some reason he didn’t really like that we essentially had vandalized his hoop.   (This also led to a side debate about whether you can “upcycle” something that isn’t being discarded.  We eventually concluded that would just be “decorating”).

Lastly, Tris drove the net.

via Ever Tried Dumpster Dunking?.

Drop Box Brigade: SE 49th and Madison Portland, OR

Drop Brigader’s are at it again!

Here is a nice shot of lath and plaster, vinyl flooring, metal, and some gnarly looking press board.

Admittedly, lath and plaster is a tough combination to separate. However England has a 95% construction recycling rate, so it makes one wonder what they do with their lath and plaster?

What would you do to keep it out of the waste stream?

Drop Box Brigade: North East Portland, Oregon

Spring has sprung in Portland, Oregon. The Cherry and Magnolias trees are blooming and folks are compelled to gut their homes.

Well, not everyone is renovating, but it certainly feels that way.

This dropbox is most likely going to a wood recycler even though there is a decent amount of drywall in the mix. Recycled wood is shredded into mulch nails and all. It is a lot easier to shred wood than denail it for reuse. However, mulch is the end of the life cycle for wood.

The Drop Box Brigader who sent me this picture stopped to talk about the wood flooring in it.  Older tongue and grove floorboards have the a quarter inch of wood on either side of the “tongue”. This is great for reuse purposes as you can flip the floorboards over and finish them, even if the original side has been sanded down quite a bit.

Reclaimed floorboards are a very popular product in the reuse center I used to work at.

Thanks DBBrigader, keep those pictures rolling in!

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Drop Box Brigade SE Salmon, Portland, OR

Spotted on SE Salmon and 32nd in Portland, Oregon a mixed use debris box.

Now, how hard would it have been to separate that lath?

I especially want to thank the construction worker who sent this to the RA!

I would like to take this opportunity to point out that people who work in the construction industry are very responsive to C&D waste.  They see it every day, and are more apt to get angry when their colleagues disregard the laws.  My work with demolition companies enlightened me to how much those guys try to save personally.  I know a man who’s wife was ready to divorce him if he brought home anything else salvaged from a site.  He did confess that he had an entire turn of the century bank vault installed in his basement.  He said he just couldn’t see it thrown away.

Thanks Major Tom of the Drop Box Brigade!