DIY/HGTV shows. We take cab- inets, countertops, faucets, light fixtures, doors, and even old paint to our local Habitat for Humanity Restore. For any valuable products, I fill out a donation sheet and give it to my homeowners as a tax write off. They appreciate it and it means less in the landfill. Win, win!” Cuts and broken tiles make excel- lent materials for mosaic projects, Green has discovered. “I love the look of mosaic designs, and once again the tile gets a new life and is not buried in some hill,” he said. “I would suspect most towns have a recycling program along with their normal garbage pick- up,” he added “I try to bring cardboard and plastic home to be disposed of in my personal container. I am also lucky enough that I can have an open burn pit at my home. I take paper and wood products home and burn them there. If I get any metal from my jobsite – other than copper and aluminum – I bring that home too, separate it from my normal waste and set it aside. I know that the ‘scrapper’ will drive along on garbage pick-up day, and if I can help him make a couple of extra pennies, I do. “Every town also has a recycling drop-off center for scrap materials such as copper and aluminum,” he said. “I accumulate these metals and make the trip, even if just for gas money, but I know these products too will be melted down and be reborn.” Green knows this isn’t an exhaustive list of solu- tions, but it’s a start for contractors who want to be earth-conscious. “That is my GREEN perspec- tive,” he said. “I guess I’ve always been Green with- out realizing it.” HOT TOPICS ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cuts and broken tiles are the per- fect materials for mosaic projects. 52 TileLetter | August 2018