Film Biz Recycling Donates & Reuses Set Props & Materials

Film Biz Recycling (FBR) is a New York City-based nonprofit dedicated to the creation of socially and environmentally responsible solutions from media industry waste. FBR was founded in 2008 by Eva Radke, a 15-year film veteran, in response to the needless disposal of perfectly re-useable raw and finished materials that were dumpstered and land-filled once productions wrapped.

Since it’s inception, Film Biz Recycling has diverted over 210 tons of materials from NYC films, television, music videos, TV commercials, events, Broadway, indies and student films. It’s a strict policy of FBR to re-distribute 60% or more of all donations to local charities. Currently, over 8 charities are continuous recipients of film industry furniture, books, clothing, art supplies, raw materials, linens, home goods, lighting — the list is endless.

These charities include: Blissful Bedrooms (a nonprofit that makes over the bedroom of disabled teens), Materials for the Arts (servicing theatre and public schools), Sean Casey Animal Shelter, Chips Food Pantry, Room to Grow (items for babies born into poverty) Hour Children, Housing Works, Build it Green, and CAMBA Women’s shelter.  In December, CAMBA recognized Film Biz Recycling at their Christmas Event honoring our dedication to the shelter. Each item we receive is evaluated and wherever that item can do the most good, that’s where it goes.

The leftovers brought to FBR in 2011 created and sustained 8 (green) jobs, kept 111 tons out of a dumpsters/landfills, saved productions $1000’s in avoided disposal fees, allowed many low/no budget projects access to affordable set materials, educated 45 Made in New York PA’s, held an industry-wide training workshop, 3 NYU internships and new opportunities keep presenting themselves.

To fund the mission, Film Biz Recycling operates Film Biz Prop Shop in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Inside our 11,000 square foot showroom, we have an assortment of beautiful and utterly unique resale boutique items.

The Prop Shop is a magical by-product (of by-products) of this triple-bottom-line enterprise. Film Biz Prop Shop, has become quite the place!  2011 New York Magazine’s ‘Best Of’ named FBR “Best Cast-off Furniture” and “Best Junk Shop”. FBR was also featured in Zagat’s 2012 shopping guide and our Book Sofa was featured in Interior Design Magazine.

While we appreciate the press, we don’t see ourselves as a “junk” shop.  Film Biz Recycling is a creative reuse center, workshop and performance space, and up-cycled art gallery, as well a retail space for film detritus.

It is amazing what is possible when you make the decision not to waste that which can be used again; job creation, local economy boost, pollution prevention, and what we are most proud of is the immediate needs of struggling nonprofits and shelters are met with what we call “set dressing” in a challenging economy.

We encourage anyone reading this to mandate that all leftovers are not shoveled into dumpsters, but are delivered to charities, food banks, shelters and local reuse centers.

Film Biz Recycling is open to the public and the trade 7 days a week.  We invite anyone to visit, call or drop in!  If you would like to donate, sponsor, learn more or volunteer please visit www.filmbizrecycling.org.

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