Kraig Bantle, star of the DIY Network's "Garage Gold," has cleaned out a lot of attics, garages and basements since he started his Raleigh-based business, Garage Brothers, in 2007. Bantle has strong opinions about our spendthrift ways.
"As a country, we are so wasteful," Bantle said. "People buy way more than they ever need."
Bantle, who is currently filming the third season of "Garage Gold," which will premiere at 9 p.m. April 26, will be sharing his wisdom on recycling at the Downtown Raleigh Home Show Feb. 13-15 at the Raleigh Convention Center. He will be talking at 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Based on his years of cleaning out other people's spaces, Bantle urges people to look into recycling their belongings instead of sending them to the landfill.
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"Virtually everything today can be recycled," said Bantle, whose company accepts items from the public for recycling by appointment at its warehouse off Capital Boulevard - including electronics, scrap metal and even cigarette butts.
If it cannot be recycled, Bantle said, it can be donated to charities, especially those that operate thrift stores or help those in need.
When the weather is warm, Bantle opens his company's warehouse once a month to sell items removed from clients' homes.
Twenty-five percent of the sales are donated to charities.
Other stars at show
Kinston chef Vivian Howard, star of the PBS show "A Chef's Life," will be cooking on the show's main stage at 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday.
Howard and her husband, Ben Knight, own the Chef and the Farmer and Boiler Room restaurants in Kinston. She has made a name for herself as a champion of eastern North Carolina foodways on the television show, which won a Peabody award last year.
Also meet Donny Thompson, who was voted "America's Favorite Houseguest" on CBS' "Big Brother" reality show. Thompson grew up in Albemarle and worked at Spring Lake Gardens, a greenhouse and nursery, for 14 years. He will be speaking at 11 a.m. Saturday.