Going Once, Going Twice, Sold! Planet Green's New Series, Total Wrecklamation, and Host Jodi Murphy Save Treasures from Landfills and Dollars for Bargain Hunters
SILVER SPRING, Md., Sept. 30 -- When a home faces
extinction, what happens to all of the materials that make up that home?
Enter Jodi Murphy -- green entrepreneur, demolition auctioneer and force of
nature. Once a house is slated to come down or be gutted, Jodi makes it her
business -- literally -- to save as much of its contents and materials as
possible from ending up in the landfill. Planet Green's original series,
TOTAL WRECKLAMATION premieres Tuesday, September 30 at 9:30PM ET before
moving to its regular timeslot on Wednesdays at 9PM ET.
Each year, thousands of homes are demolished and hauled off to
landfills where construction and demolition debris accounts for more than
20% of all solid waste. In this new 13-part series, Planet Green features
all types of homes -- from old to new, large to small -- and highlights
Jodi's mission to save valuable items and useable materials from being
TOTAL WRECKLAMATION opens viewers' eyes to all that can be salvaged and
provides consumers with ideas they can use in their own homes. Floorboards
to chandeliers, bathtubs to banisters, even stone walkways and shrubbery
are given a second life by bargain hunters who know the value of a good
deal at Jodi's auctions. It's one of the few places that young homeowners
can go head-to-head with a salvage expert or antique dealer, and still come
out a winner.
Jodi is the Founder and President of Chicago-based Murco Recycling
Enterprises, Inc., a small business with a big mission -- to salvage, reuse
and recycle materials, fixtures and appliances before a home is demolished.
Planet Green's cameras follow Jodi as she pulls out all the stops to keep
the energy high and the bids flowing. Pleading, flattery, dancing, and
good-natured ribbing are all fair game in Jodi's rule book. After all, what
doesn't sell will go to waste, and for Jodi, it's not just about the
dollars, but about her small part in making the planet a better place. "One
world. One chance. Be Gentle" is a credo by which Jodi and her three
daughters live. With each auction comes a new set of challenges, colorful
characters, bidding dramas -- and the opportunity to make a difference.
TOTAL WRECKLAMATION premieres Tuesday, September 30 at 9:30PM ET with
subsequent new episodes airing Wednesdays at 9PM ET. The series is produced
by Big Fish Entertainment for Planet Green. Doug DePriest and Dan Cesareo
are Executive Producers. Lisa Caruso is Executive Producer for Planet
Green. Howard Lee is Vice President of East Coast Production and
Development for Planet Green.
About Jodi Murphy and Murco Recycling Enterprises, Inc.
Nearly 20 years ago, Jodi was just an ambitious home rehabber with a
maxed-out mortgage, looking for ways to cut costs and renovate a home that
included orange shag carpet and faux brick laminate. One day, Jodi noticed
a nearby house slated to be demolished. With her young daughter in tow, she
toured the home and was amazed at what was being thrown away. The public is
hungry for affordable building materials and Jodi was one of the first in
the country to recognize this opportunity to reuse and recycle. Jodi holds
a degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois, which may explain
why she can communicate with surly contractors, hardened builders and
novice renovators. Her company, Murco Recycling Enterprises, Inc., holds
over 35 auctions a year. Her industry awards include The 1996 Outstanding
Recycler from Illinois Recycling Association and the 1999 Governors
Pollution Prevention Award.
About Planet Green
Planet Green is Discovery Communications' global, cross-company
initiative with a commitment to document, preserve and celebrate the
planet, including the first-ever 24-hour lifestyle and entertainment
network in more than 50 million homes as of June 4, 2008. Planet Green is
the multiplatform media destination with a mission. It's the center for the
new green conversation, speaking to people who want to understand green
living and to those who truly want to make a difference in meeting the
critical challenge of protecting our environment. Planet Green's unique
content, tools and information will enlighten, empower and most certainly,
entertain. Planet Green is now available in high definition on Planet Green
HD. Planet Green's platforms include leading eco-lifestyle website
TreeHugger.com and the solutions-oriented PlanetGreen.com.