Teracycle actually pays for old juice pouches and turns them into insulated coolers and bags;
Resource Revival takes bike chains and gears and turns them into clocks, picture frames and bowls.
turns old wetsuits and etc. into fashionable laptop and camera cases
Many new companies are turning Vinyl banners into fashion bags here's just one company we found:
The Redoux Parlor
Local fashion designers take recycled material and old clothes and turn them into the latest fashions
IMEX is one of the premiere materials exchanges of the Pacific Northwest. IMEX is a free listing service designed to help businesses find markets for their industial by-products, surplus materials and wastes. Businesses "advertise" their surplus/unwanted materials, or materials that they are seeking by submitting an electronic IMEX listing form. The listings are then posted on the IMEX web site where they are viewed by interested waste generators and waste recyclers. You can search for a wide variety of both wanted and available materials on the IMEX web. Be sure to check out the “Miscellaneous” category for the more obscure items. If you are looking for someone to take your excess glass slag, or if you are seeking off spec acetone, often times you may find what you are looking for, through IMEX. For more information, please contact IMEX directly at (206) 263-8465, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other common items that can be reused:
Pallets: Pacific Pallet (541-688-2887); Eugene Pallet Services (541-485-0549).
Automobiles: Whether they're broken or still running smoothly, unwanted cars can be donated to nonprofit organizations (such as the Make-a-Wish Foundation's Wheels for Wishes). These organizations may tow away your old vehicle and then auction or recycle it. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit, and you might be eligible for a tax deduction for your charitable donation.
Motorcycles (wrecked, broken, or unwanted): Cyclepsycho Motorcycle Recycling (541-461-9279).
Carpet: If carpet is older or stained, use it to smother weeds, protect a garage floor, or soundproof rooms, or list it in "freebie" postings such as Craigslist.
Prescription drugs and medical devices: Unless clearly stated otherwise, do not flush prescriptions down the toilet. Call the White Bird Clinic (541-342-1295) to see if they can use them. If reuse is impossible, you can still dispose of medications safely. Look for medication drop boxes at the Coburg, Springfield, and Eugene Police Departments, the Cottage Grove City Hall lobby, the Lane County Sheriff's office, and the Florence Justice Center lobby.
Leftover gift wrap, calendars and greeting cards can be crafted into new projects. For templates, instructions, and more ideas, see our Less is Best Holiday page.
Broken tile and dishes can be used to create mosaics.