Holly Baird

Pick up material samples from the design and architecture community at this event, and help reduce waste at the same time.

Zerolandfill, a material upcycling event, is entering its seventh year in Nashville. This award-winning program takes expired material samples from the local architecture and design community, diverts them from the landfill and gives them back to the local community, targeting teachers, artists and nonprofit—all free of charge. 

When: Sat., September 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Wilsonart,1641 Lebanon Pike Circle, Nashville, Tennessee, 37210

The architectural and design community is actively gathering their expired material samples from their libraries and offices in preparation for the "pollination" or drop-off day on Fri., September 8, from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Material samples typically include cardboard tubes, carpet tiles, porcelain and mosaic tiles, glass and metal samples, fabric memos and swatches, laminate and paint chips, rubber base, magazines, wallcovering samples and more. Zerolandfill Nashville does not accept binders (three-ring binders or carpet or tile books) or partially used paint donations.

The USGBC Tennessee community and the citizens of Nashville are invited to attend on Sat., September 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no cost to attend, and the materials are completely free. Please plan to bring whatever bags, boxes, trucks or trailers you will need to take your harvest away with you.

Zerolandfill Nashville has diverted as much as 16 tons of materials in previous years. Local individuals and organizations have found needed supplies:

  • Art teachers have told us that they only receive $1.50 per student for the whole year, but Zerolandfill provides them with the additional resources they need to create their art projects.
  • Animal shelters have snagged carpet tiles so their dogs had something warmer than a concrete floor to sit on during the colder months.
  • The builders of a local earth-ship commune collected tile pieces for their structure.
  • Scrap-bookers, quilters, and other non-traditional materials artists love what they find for their work.

Volunteers are still needed for both days. Volunteers may receive GBCI volunteer hours for their time, as allowable by the Credential Maintenance Program, and all volunteers will have first access to the materials available.

Visit the ZeroLandfill Nashville Facebook page for more information.

In addition to Wilsonart, the event is sponsored by IIDA Tennessee, ASID Tennessee, AIA Middle Tennessee, Turnip Green Creative Reuse and USGBC Tennessee.

Sign up to attend