Recycling and composting technology


FOOD THAT IS NO LONGER GOOD TO
EAT. CLOTHING THAT NO LONGER FIT. MATERIALS TO COMPLEX FOR
CONVENTIONAL RECYCLING. TODAY’S TECHNOLOGY CAN TURN IT
ALL INTO SOMETHING USEFUL. FOR PROOF, TRAVEL TO IPSWICH. AN AUSTRIAN BASED MANUFACTURER
OF RECYCLING SYSTEMS.>>WAS STARTED ON CAPTURING
SCRAP, BUT THE FOCUS HAS
CHANGED. IT IS IMPORTANT TO CAPTURE THE
DIRTIEST MATERIAL. SHAYNA: THE AMERICAN SALES
MANAGER.>>A LOT OF PRODUCERS DO NOT
WANT TO BE BOTHERED WITH THE
EXPENSE, SO WE DO OUR BEST WITH
OUR EQUIPMENT TO CLEAN UP AND
FILTER IT ENOUGH TO BE REUSED. SHAYNA: THEY BUILD DIFFERENT
FORMS OF PLASTIC. SINGLE-USE SHOPPING BAGS INTO
PELLETS THAT ARE EASIER TO USE.>>IS FED AUTOMATICALLY INTO THE
RECONDITIONING UNIT. IT MELTS THE MATERIAL. THOSE BLADES CUT THE MATERIAL
OFF INTO SMALL PELLET. SHAYNA THEY PAY AROUND $4
MILLION PER MACHINE. WE HAVE A CUSTOMER WHO
PURCHASED ONE OF OUR MACHINE. THEY RECYCLE IT INTO PELLETS AND
MAKE CHAIRS OUT OF IT. SHAYNA: WE CAN SHOW YOU SOME OF
THE THINGS THAT THEY MAKE. TRASH BAGS AND CAR BATTERY
CASINGS.>>THE PLASTIC INDUSTRY IS
GIGANTIC. WE DO OUR BEST. IT IS A DROP IN THE BUCKET
COMPARED TO THE SIZE OF THE
INDUSTRY. SHAYNA: NOW WE MOVE TO FREETOWN.>>THIS FACILITY SHOWS ALL THE
STORES IN THE AREAS. SHAYNA TUCKED AWAY IN A CORNER
BUILDING IS WHAT THEY CALL THEIR
STATE-OF-THE-ART GREEN FACILITY.>>ONCE THE TRUCK HAS DELIVERED
ITS PRODUCT TO THE STORE, ANY
MATERIALS NOT BEING USED,
INCLUDING ORGANIC MATERIALS ARE
BROUGHT BAC
SHAYNA: CORN HUSKS ARE SENT FARMS FOR FEED. AND FOOD THAT IS PASSED THE
POINT OF DONATION GO HERE TO
THE ANAEROBIC DIGESTER. IS A CONVEYOR THAT BRINGS THE
MATERIAL UP AND INTO A MIXING
BOWL. SHAYNA: IT CONVERTS TONS OF FOOD
EVERY DAY, ITEMS LIKE PRODUCE,
DELI MEAT AND EGGS.>>IT COMES BACK THE SAME WAY
THE PRODUCT IS SOLD ON T
SHELF. SHAYNA: THE DIGESTER TURNS. EXTRACTED MATERIAL INTO WHAT IS
CALLED A SLURRY.>>GRINNED UP WITH THREE
BYPRODUCTS
THE LAST PIECE IS COMPOST. SHAYNA: FOR PERSPECTIVE, THE
ENERGY THIS FACILITY HAS
PRODUCED IS ENOUGH TO POWER 1800
HOMES FOR A YEAR.>>WE ARE DOING IT FOR THE
ENVIRONMENT, FOR THE ENERGY AND
BECAUSE IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO
DO. SHAYNA: ABOUT 6% OF WASTE SENT
TO INCINERATORS CONSISTS>>OF
TEXTILES.>>THEY ARE THE FOURTH MOST
CARBON INTENSIVE ITEM AND SOLID
WASTE. IT IS MORE CARBON INTENSIVE THAN
MANY METALS. SHAYNA: HE IS THE VICE PRESIDENT
AT LEAST ZERO. THEY HELP REDUCE WASTE AND
INCREASE RECYCLING.>>IS ONE OF THE TOP FIVE
CONTAMINANT. SHAYNA: WORKING WITH SIMPLE
RECYCLING TO TRY TO KEEP
CLOTHING OUT OF TRASH AND
RECYCLING BARRELS.>>IS A FREE SERVICE TO
RESIDENTS AND CITIES AND TOWNS. SHAYNA: IT PASSES OUT PINK BAGS
TO RESIDENTS. ONCE THEY ARE FILLED, THEY PICK
THEM UP FROM THE CURB ON TRASH
DAY.>>ALL RECYCLING OPTIONS ARE
GOOD. THE RECYCLING RATE IS REALLY
LOW. THE CONVENIENCE OF CURBSIDE CAN
MOVE THAT UP TO 45%. SHAYNA: DENIM IS ONE OF THE
TOWNS SIGNED UP SO FAR. RECYCLING CONTAMINATION IS DOWN
7% SINCE JANUARY.>>IT IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE
THAT IF IT CAN BE REUSED — IF
ASSA HAS THREE HOLES, PUT IT
IN. IF IT IS A BEDSPREAD YOU DO NOT
WANT ANYMORE, PUT IT IN THE BAG. SHAYNA: THEY ESTIMATE THAT THEY
DISPOSE OF 230,000 TONS OF
TEXTILES>>HERE.>>WE CAN TAKE THAT AND REUSE IT. THAT IS GOOD FOR THE
ENVIRONMENT. SHAYNA: CLOTHING THAT CAN’T BE
RE-WORN OR REPAIRED CAN STILL BE
RECYCLED. ITS FIBERS CAN BE USED TO MAKE
THINGS LIKE SOUND INSULATION IN
A CAR OR THERMAL INSULATION FOR
YOUR HOME. IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN THE
SIMPLE RECYCLING PROGRAM TEL
YOUR LOCAL OFFICIALS. THERE’S A SMALL FINANCIAL
INCENTIVE FOR MUNICIPALITIES
THAT PARTICIPATE
BACK TO STOP AND SHOP IN
ADDITION TO TURNING FOOD WASTE
IN TO ENERGY, THE COMPANY IS ONE OF THE LARGEST DONORS TO BOTH
THE GREATER BOSTON AND THE RHODE
ISLAND FOOD BANK
NEXT, THIS TRASH HEAP

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