Material Reuse

Making a difference in our community since 2010

Material Reuse

Materials in, materials out. The motion picture industry processes an incredible amount of material while developing film and tv. Think costumes, set materials, props, equipment, and everything and anything you see on film. Some of these materials are rented and reused within the industry, but many end up in the landfill.

For a long time, Metro Vancouver did not have a place or network to house used donated materials and redistribute them back into the community. This need was an opportunity that Keep It Green Recycling and Green Spark Group decided to take on and in May 2017 The Sustainable Lockup was formed. Now, The Sustainable Lock up has because Keep It Green Recycling Material Reuse.

Since we opened our doors, Keep It Green Material Reuse has been able to receive and redistribute well over 100 tons of set materials.

Once the reusable materials have been accepted, they are made available to the film industry, film schools, community theatre groups, artists, and charities - for free! This ultimately saves filmmakers and artists money on both ends of the production; by not having to purchase some of their necessary materials and by reducing their waste disposal fees.

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Special thanks to Zena Harris and The Green Spark Team for helping start the Material Reuse service.

During strike, load up reusable set materials and arrange for a drop-off at our Material Reuse Warehouse.

We will temporarily store the materials until we can find a home for them. As we receive materials, we will include photos in the gallery below on this website to show you what's available.

Items accepted:
Construction materials (wood, plywood, PVC) • Set decorations • Wardrobe • Packing material • Office & Art supplies • Paint/Spray paint (with original labels ONLY) • Lighting • and more!

Please Note: We do our best to update the photos but please check in with us if your looking for something specific - it may not be uploaded yet.

Gallery **Click arrows to see all pictures

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