Junk Raiders

?? - posted on 10/12/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )




Junk Raiders follows five construction and design professionals as they team up with two of Toronto's top freecyclers - people who cull through dumps to repurpose still-useful items - in the ultimate salvage challenge: transform an old factory space into a trendy, fully functioning live/work space.

Junk Raiders is a 2009 Canadian reality television series that airs on Discovery Channel. The series follows a team of seven professionals, the titular Junk Raiders, as they attempt to renovate an old steel factory in downtown Toronto (on Eastern Avenue near the Don Valley Parkway) and turn it into a high-end loft in one month with on a $5000 budget. Because of the extremely limited budget (quoted at $300,000 if done conventionally), many of the materials needed must be found by freecycling: finding something unwanted for free and reusing it.

For the production of the series, the team had commissioned a "junk hotline", urging Torontonians to donate any garbage that they could use. In addition, as looking through other peoples' trash is illegal in Toronto, the show also has a special exemption that allows the team to do just that.




What do you think of free-cycling? Would you use free-cycling to renovate your home (if you were renovating)? Have you watched the show? (I love Geoff Woodmansey haha)


Sharon - posted on 10/12/2009




I belong to freecycle.org

I can use even crappy t-shirts full of holes and ratty blankets for the animals. I rarely have much to give away as I use it till its fragmented to bits.

But I've gotten free wire for fences, scrap metals, old soft plastic pools to line my

pond(s), timber. Its a piece here and a piece there but in the end it all comes together. I just got a couple hundred pounds of bricks for free. I used some of them to make my daughter a hopscotch in our grassy yard, some to make brick patios for the dog kennels, and some to make a partial wall to slow my ducks down and I haven't used them all yet.

I got a free bathtub, free double bowl sink, free countertops... I would use them if they matched my colors but I can hold onto them to trade with someone else who does want them.

So yes, I would freecycle. I've freecycled for our school too, got paving bricks for them and microwaves for the classrooms.

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Sara - posted on 10/14/2009




My officemate and her husband free-cycle. He's a drafter, so he's good at taking crap and making something neat out of it. The island in their kitchen is made from a couple different things they got for free, and it looks really neat. It can be done, but I think you have to have a certain amount of artistic ability to be able to pull it off and not make it look like it was something someone was just going to throw away.

Kylie - posted on 10/14/2009




Love the idea..hope we get an Aussi version one day. I got 12 pallets of pavers from a mining site that were going to go into landfill (thanks to my dad who stacked them in 40 degree heat and got them on a truck) they happened to be the exact brick colour as our house bricks, a little stained red from the pindan but still good. we've got free colour bond fencing, jarrah posts for garden beds, a new laundry sink with the cupboard. I got an awesome oven..my dad was painting a house for some rich lady and she told him to rip it out because it didn't have a self cleaning option. i also joined freecycle a while ago...but I've found more cool stuff on roadside pickup.

Jaime - posted on 10/13/2009




Thanks for the info...I just joined freecycle.org...turns out they have a group in my town which is pretty sweet! I'm all for thrifting...nothing wrong with recycling.

Dawn - posted on 10/13/2009




I love freecycle! Got a child bike seat. Books, fencing. I freecycle my kids clothes and stuff to friends and family members. We currently are trying to freecycle two working hot water tanks. We upgraded to a tankless water heater. The only thing that sucks is there are more requests than offers for out where we live.

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