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Originally published Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 5:10 AM

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Crafters, teachers, DIYers: Free event lets you scavenge architects' castoffs

Free event Saturday in Seattle lets crafty and arty types cart away glass, tile, wood and other samples no longer needed by architects and designers.

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ZeroLandfill Seattle

Interior designers and architects have piles of samples used in planning projects that they no longer need.

Artists, teachers and crafters are always on the prowl for cheap materials. We all want less junk in our landfills.

Enter ZeroLandfill Seattle, an "upcycling" program that aims to help reduce waste and increase re-purposing.

At an event Saturday, the general public can browse piles of glass, wood, tile, carpet and laminate samples, donated by the construction industry, and take what they'd like, for free. The event is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, 1931 Second Ave., Seattle.

ZeroLandfill estimates its projects have diverted 800,000 pounds of unwanted samples from landfills nationwide since 2006, and its goal is to divert more than 1 million pounds by the end of this year. Info: www.zerolandfill.net.

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