When we didn’t even think it possible, Ground to Ground just got a little bit more sustainable. The 4-gallon buckets we use are upcycled food containers (they previously contained salad dressing or peanut butter). Now, thanks to the City of Austin Household Hazardous Waste facility, the spray paint we use to stencil these buckets is also post-consumer and diverted from the landfill!
Community members who no longer have a use for household chemicals can drop them off at the Household Hazardous Waste facility instead of throwing them away. In turn, the City of Austin offers the donations (that are in good shape) to the public for free!
On my last visit, I found these free landscaping items: seaweed flakes for the yard and garden, insecticidal soap, Ozmocote fertilizer, bone meal, Bt, and a range of other organic and commercial fertilizers and pesticides. (Just remember to always read the labels, and use these products as directed.) If your school garden is thinking about adding a mural, or other garden art, they have TONS of free paints: acrylic, aerosol, and reblended, low-voc housepaint. It’s a big, sustainable treasure hunt, folks.
The Austin ReUse Store is located at 2514 Business Center Drive / Austin, TX 78744. Stop by Tuesday – Wednesday (10:00AM – 6:00PM) or Saturday (7:00AM – Noon). If you have any questions or are looking for spray paint, call 512-974-4343 and ask for Scott Johnson, City of Austin Environmental Program Specialist.
Donated Items Accepted:
- Fluorescent bulbs
- Batteries (car and household)
- Cell phones
- Automotive fluids
- Oil filters
- Paint and thinners
- Pesticides and herbicides
- Photographic chemicals
- Aerosol cans
- Pool chemicals
- Cooking oil
- Outdoor grill propane cylinders