ZeroLandfill Twin Cities

an industry initiative to repurpose specificiation samples

About June 9, 2010

HONEYBEE THEORY – it’s not a sticky process:

POLLINATE: Collection, donation of materials from architects, designers, manufacturers, reps

CULTIVATE: Processing, Organization of materials with volunteers

HARVEST: Distribution of materials to artists, art educators, non-profits and crafters


ZeroLandfill is an award-winning upcycling program held seasonally that supports the supply needs of local artists and arts educators while reducing pressure on local landfill capacity.  Since 2006, the ZeroLandfill project team has assisted the architectural and interior design community in identifying, diverting from local landfills, and re-purposing back into the community thousands of pounds of specification samples that hold value for other audiences. 


By definition a landfill is, also known as a dump or rubbish dump, a site for the disposal of waste materials by burial and is the oldest form of waste treatment. Historically, landfills have been the most common methods of organized waste disposal and remain so in many places around the world.”  Therefore, why would anyone take a perfectly good sample of a new or discontinued product and add to this so-called rubbish dump?  In my opinion, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.  So, let’s all help make more treasures in the world…  Help us by gathering your non-used, discontinued, or added stock samples for distribution to school’s for art projects, artists’ masterpiece creations, or children’s innovative crafty projects….honestly people, the options are endless and rewarding.  Now, who’s with us??  Let’s give these samples a second chance!



One Response to “About”

  1. Craig Hauser Says:

    Great kick off to the Zerolandfill initiative starting in Minneapolis. I heard a lot of positive comments and support to the cause at the CEU that was presented by founder Mike Dungan. Look forward to others volunteering their time and skills to the program.

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