The cast and crew of Mythbusters make an amazing number of gadgets, test platforms, small scale buildings, etc. for each and every episode. They take great pride in destroying their creations whenever possible. While this is fun to watch, it seems like it creates a tremendous amount of waste.

Is there any reliable information out there (from the producers or otherwise) about what the show does with all of the material? Is it recycled?

  • I think this goes beyond simple trivia, but I don't know which aspects of production are fair game. Let me know if this seems reasonable.
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    Commented Aug 1, 2013 at 9:40
  • I found this humorous, but not very useful answer on Yahoo Answers answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120212173205AAQAXj4
    – jonsca
    Commented Aug 1, 2013 at 9:41
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    Look at Buster ... he's been recycled many times ;-) Commented Aug 1, 2013 at 10:26

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Not a comprehensive answer by any means, but in this excerpt

at around 2:20 Jamie Hyneman states that the ramp they are building is made of roof trusses and that

We're also going to put them together with screws so we can recycle the lumber.

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