The Problem


People and businesses find it more convenient to throw items away; whether it be food, waste, unwanted household items (chairs, desks, lamps, stained rugs, clothes) or business equipment (working and nonworking printers, phones, tablets, construction material, etc.


Over 85% of items we throw away can be reused or recycled instead of contaminating landfills which damage our soil, water supply and other natural resources.


By discarding items or exporting them to developing nations, we are eliminating great paying U.S. jobs, seed capital to small businesses and/or school supplies.


Revitalize Communities


Human Capital Development


Offer seed capital,business incubation and acceleration for minority owned green enterprises to address waste issues.


Train and employ disadvantaged Americans to collect,sort,de-manufacture and re-purpose usable materials to create a circular economy.



Items delivered to us (Pickup and removal fees may apply) benefit our neighborhood reuse center which invest in freelancers, artist & businesses who create innovative reuse commodities that keep items from landfills.

Including clothes, perishable food, tires, furniture, electronics, toys, metals, etc. These goods are sorted into various workshops where they are refurbished/repaired accordingly and sold in our online reuse store and/or taken to recyclers and processors.


Educate participants in the program and review what can and cannot be recycled/composted. Recyclables and compostables are picked up on scheduled pick-ups days and swapped out with new and clean bins. Waste stream determines how many bins and pick-ups the customer will receive.

Including cardboard, glass,aluminum and different plastics. These materials are baled and sent to processors to produce new products.

From Bakery, To MRF! An Adaptive Reuse Story.

Refurban acquired the historic Kroger Bakery Manufacturing Plant built in in the 1940’s and vacant since 1999.

2019 Adapt/Opportunity Zone Award Winner.

Adaptive Reuse/Opportunity Zones Influencer 

In a phase-based approach, Refurban improved the warehouse space to launch the Material Recovery division and become the State of Tennessee’s largest and first Business Incubator/Accelerator to support minority-owned startups and businesses that focus on zero-waste innovations and education communities to “rethink” waste.

This led Devin James being recognized by GlobeSt.’s Real Estate Forum Adapt/Opportunity Zone Awards as a 2019 Opportunity Zones Influencer.

Established Public-Private Partnerships

  • Partnered with the State of Tennessee, City of Memphis and Shelby County to host a city-wide tire collection event that recovered over 60,000 waste tires in 2 days.
  • Partnered with the State Parks division to store up to 30,000 tires for the “Tire to Trails” project to create the State’s longest walking trail made out of scrap tires at T.O. Fuller Park.
  • Partnered with the Downtown Memphis Commission to host recycling collection events (with 14 tone diversion rate per event) to activate vacant lots and buildings and became the premier vendor offereing ethical disposal options to the city’s leading developers to reduce landfill depposits from new construction, renovation and pre-demolition sites.

Success by the Ton

Last year, Refurban diverted 82 tons of furniture and electronic waste from landfills with no promotion and no help to drive traffic.

Leading Reuse/Upcycle Facility

  • Created a large showroom for furniture remarketing, upcycle and reuse items (made from tires, pallets, plastics, etc…)
  • Activated vacant lots and buildings using reclaimed materials.
  • Tire reuse division makes belts, roofing shingles, speed bumps, seats, outdoor speaker holders and other products from tire waste.
  • Our platter reuse division makes fences, stages, furniture and storage devices from pallets and wood waste.


Refurban Memphis LLC create innovative partnerships to redirect leftover resources and stimulate local economies. The company is registered and in good standing in Tennessee and our solutions help offset operational cost for our Waste Redirection Initiative (WRI); which trains and employs re-entering ex-felons, people with unique abilities, at-risk youth and returning veterans to sort, de-manufacture and repurpose usable materials.

By partnering with state and local government, we are able to eliminate taxpayer burden and inner city blight caused by distressed an vacant properties. We are turning the formerly vacant buildings into WRI facilities that double as accelerators serving minority-owned companies with a sustainability focus.