Toronto freecyclers transform a space 1

junk-raidersToronto freecycler Gordie Wornoff salvages free and unwanted things found in dumps and landfills and creatively finds innovative ways to transform them back to its original form or gives them an entirely new purpose. Gordie can breathe life into any abandoned item, and a look around his house bears witness to that: He’s got a chandelier made from roadkill deer bones over his dining room table, and after a hard day’s work he can relax in the chairs that’s he constructed – from old shopping carts. Gordie has collaborated with AyA Kitchens in the past and created trendy cutting boards and other items that would fetch top dollar on the market from scraps.

On Monday, September 14 at 9 p.m ET watch Gordie Wornoff in action on the Discovery Channel Canada’s JUNK RAIDERS.

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. Premiering Monday, September 14 at 9 p.m. ET, Discovery Channel Canada ’s newest original series captures the progress of this dynamic crew as they take consumer cast-off into their own hands and discover whether what the rest of us throw out is good enough to live in.

Gordie Wornoff is tweeting his way through dumpsters and along the curbsides of Southwestern Ontario . Follow his personal and very interesting journey at

| SEPTEMBER 14th 2009

Building a loft out of garbage represents an enormous challenge. The freecyclers find themselves constantly bumping up against the rest of the team who are used to building with new materials and sending garbage into the landfill – not into the finished product. Adding to the tension is the fact that the task at hand is of a daunting scale – not even the freecyclers have taken on something this large – and they only have one month to complete the job.  Freecycling – a thriving, do-it-yourself subculture – is about finding things for free, then finding innovative ways to recycle them, either into their original form or into something different altogether.  As the JUNK RAIDERS experiment officially begins, the freecyclers and the wasters get their first taste of what’s in store for them as they hit the streets of Toronto in search for everything they need, including building supplies, electronics, furniture and appliances.  The loft itself is 1,600 square feet.  For perspective, the general contractor on the team quoted $150,000 to complete the job. The team’s budget: $5,000.

Gordie Wornoff and Anthony D’Arcy
– Two of Toronto ‘s top freecyclers

Geoff Woodmansey (team leader) – Geoff is a general contractor who renovates million dollar homes and sends vast amounts of waste to landfill. Geoff is also an expert consultant on CANADA ’S WORST HANDYMAN.

Michelle Mawby – a high end interior designer who tears out perfectly good interiors in the name of perfectly new interiors.

Cam Pikul – your average millionaire handyman who has made his fortune building and servicing several bars and restaurants that he and his wife currently run. Creating waste is not an issue for him whatsoever.

Jean-Marc Haddad – is a home tech specialist who specializes in wiring super smart homes. Obsolescence and related waste is why Jean-Marc’s Cobourg-based business is thriving.

Ross Werry – a provincial parks garbage collector whose job is to pick up after the general public. Ross can’t believe how much good stuff people throw out…but outside the realm of his job, it’s not something he thinks about.


One comment on “Toronto freecyclers transform a space

  1. Reply Mike Sep 15, 2009 8:34 am

    Great show!
    Fun to see freecyclers in action, Gordie was like a kid in a candy store when they were going through landfills. Its inspiring how they always put the environment first.

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