While our US readers enjoy the Thanksgiving holidays, you can all enjoy this week’s podcast, entitled “Leftovers.” We discuss good leftovers (transforming orange peels into useful chemicals) and bad leftovers (fertilizer runoff), and then take a trip to an innovative company (Recovery 1) that recycles building demolition materials:
Huge piles of wood, wallboard, and other materials left over from demolition.
The initial sorting process – metals like nails are pulled out, wallboard is separated into components, and wood continues…
…to the end, where it’s chipped into different sizes to create a recycled mulch product.
Discarded carpet awaits separation into components that might eventually be used to help mop up marine oil spills.
All surface water from the site ends up in this detention pond, where it’s filtered and tested before it’s released to the environment.
Be sure to let me know if you have questions about the podcast, or even better if you have ideas for future topics and/or interviewees.