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Shop recycles items bound for trash to create furniture, souvenirs

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Posted at 10:32 PM, Feb 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-10 00:32:20-05

MOAB, Utah -- When you think of Moab, red rock comes to mind, but Scott Anderson thinks trees.

He's a wood carver by trade who thought it seemed wasteful to buy lumber, so instead he gets his supply from  people looking to give it away.

"If a tree falls on your house you call us, we get your tree, we take it to our saw mill down the street, we mill it and then we make stuff," his wife and business partner Jennifer Urbanczyk said.

Triassic Industries says it keeps 750,000 pounds of waste out of the landfill each year.

"Everything gets used," Anderson said. "Even the tiniest scraps. We have a wood burning stove that heats our shop. We don't pay anything in heating cost."

The bigger pieces are turned into hand-crafted furniture and novelty items, which they sell to tourists out of their main street store.

"The neatest part is you take the tree down and you mill it and you see what's in it and you see these beautiful colors and then being able to be creative," Anderson said.