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Four Upcycling Ideas for Carpet Squares

ZeroLandfill Nashville was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who donated items and to everyone who harvested items on Saturday. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing upcycling ideas for some of the items recovered at this weekend’s Harvest event.

A scratching post for kitty.
cat post

An indoor hop scotch game.
hop-scotch

A cool dorm room rug.

dorm room

A thrifty teacher’s reading nook.

book-carpet

What’s the Deal With Landfills?

On Saturday, August 29, Zerolandfill Nashville will host its annual harvest–an event that aims to divert thousands of pounds of design and construction materials from our landfills by donating those items to artists and community members.

So what’s the big deal about landfills? Check out these facts and stats.

An excavator crushes trash at the Anchorage Landfill, Aug. 21. The landfill provides the methane that powers the newly constructed Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Landfill Gas Plant. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Brian Ferguson)
The United States has 3,091 active landfills and more than 10,000 old municipal landfills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. There are currently 34 landfills in Tennessee.

More than 50 percent of our trash is sent to landfills.

Each year, some 34 million tons of paper is thrown away and ends up in landfills.

Poorly managed landfills can leak and contaminate groundwater, and the methane gas emitted by the decaying matter is a hazardous greenhouse gas and has a negative impact on the atmosphere.

Plastic bags take 10-20 years to decompose in a landfill; plastic bottles can take 450 years.

Aluminum cans can take 200-250 years, Lumber- 10-15 years, and synthetic carpet can take thousands of years to fully decompose in a landfill.

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