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Architecture firms helping Oklahoma teachers, environment through ‘upcycling event’

OKLAHOMA CITY - Architecture and design firms are helping cut the trash in America's landfills by donating to an upcycling event called “Zero Landfill.”

"We're collecting from designers' samples that they are not using anymore," Lisa Todd, volunteer and board member for Zero Landfill, said.

In all, 25 different local firms are dropping off their trash to turn into treasure for someone else.

"Over the years, they collect all of this material and then save it specifically for this event," said Todd.

On Saturday, this warehouse will be filled with all kinds of items donated by architects and interior designers. We're talking anything from carpet to glass, laminated and even tile will be donated to teachers in need.

"They will come and pick up the materials. They will re-purpose them into fun projects for kids," she said.

Projects like planters made from glass, artwork from color samples and colorful fabric dolls.

“It will be a good way for them to get free materials, as many as they want. They can bring their truck and load up their truck and they can come back a number of times," she said.

It happens all over the country. It's the third year for Oklahoma City to host the event, and they've saved 17 tons of materials from being sent to landfills.

This year, they're hoping to save 10 more tons to reduce the waste to the environment.

"Most the time, people don't know where to take those materials and so we give them that possibility and then they won't have to just throw it away," she said.

The event is Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Metro Surfaces in Oklahoma City. They don’t accept donations from the public, but it is something they are looking to do in the future.

The event is a program of BeeDance, and is hosted and organized by the International Interior Design Association Oklahoma City, City Center.