Category Archives: Waste News

Save the Planet 2015: Proof for progress of waste management in SE-Europe | Recyclingportal

Save the Planet 2015 (Foto: Via Expo Ltd.)

Bulgaria and the countries from the Region are facing numerous challenges to achieve the high European waste management targets. Till 2020 they have to recycle 70 per cent of their construction waste and 50 per cent of the municipal waste. SE European countries are streamlining the legislation and introducing new facilities in cities, landfill sites and industry enterprises.

via Save the Planet 2015: Proof for progress of waste management in SE-Europe | Recyclingportal.

2 waste removal companies targeted in state crackdown | Boston Herald

BOSTON — A Billerica waste hauling company has paid $62,500 to settle claims that it illegally dumped construction and demolition waste at an unauthorized site in Methuen.The attorney general says W.L. French Excavating Corp. violated Massachusetts state law by dumping 29 loads of waste, including concrete, bricks and asphalt.

via 2 waste removal companies targeted in state crackdown | Boston Herald.

Mushroom Materials: DIY Kit Grows Custom Compostable Products | Urbanist

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Turning agricultural waste and fungal mycelium into construction materials, this do-it-yourself kit lets you grow your own compostable bio-plastic objects, from packaging furniture to surf boards and architectural building blocks.

via Mushroom Materials: DIY Kit Grows Custom Compostable Products | Urbanist.

Eco Expo Asia set for Oct. 28-31, 2015 – Construction & Demolition Recycling

The 2015 version of Eco Expo Asia will focus on the theme “Embracing a Green and Sustainable Future” and will include additional targeted themes on certain days, including “Cleaner Production and Waste Management,” “Green Building and Energy Efficiency,” “Global Green Insights,” and “Green Living.”

via Eco Expo Asia set for Oct. 28-31, 2015 – Construction & Demolition Recycling.

Barnards Green potting shed saved from demolition (From Worcester News)

Malvern Civic Society members, Dr Robert Mills, Bob Tilley, Clive Hooper and Denise Preston with residents Paul Sargent and Lindsay Kemp-Harper at the potting shed threatened with demolition. Picture by John Anyon. 0915826101Malvern Civic Society members, Dr Robert Mills, Bob Tilley, Clive Hooper and Denise Preston with residents Paul Sargent and Lindsay Kemp-Harper at the potting shed threatened with demolition. Picture by John Anyon. 0915826101

Cllr Melanie Baker said the application had proved “a very emotive issue”.

“A building is not just bricks and mortar,” he said.

“It holds historical information and values.

“My greatest concern is that once it’s gone, it’s gone.

“I for one feel I cannot be part of destroying part of our heritage.”

Cllr Clive Smith said he had initially been sceptical about the value of the shed and concerns raised by conservation groups in the town, including the Malvern Civic Society, but after looking more closely at the issue had come to understand why people were upset about the plans.

via Barnards Green potting shed saved from demolition (From Worcester News).

Visionary| Bôhten Eyewear

Bôhten’s mission is to develop a compost management initiative that reuses environmental reclaimed material (barley, wheat, straw, stone) to design our contemporary eyeglasses. We are the representation not yet recognized that seeks to pay homage to a love of fashion without the loss of social responsibility. Join us on our quest as we seek to change the face of Africa with a vision that advocates education, employment both social and environmental awareness for the underprivileged. This is a journey that will be nothing short of historic.

via About Us | Bôhten Eyewear.

Eat Drink Better | Healthy recipes, good food: sustainable eats for a healthy lifestyle!

Agave Bagasse: Turning tequila waste into building materials

It basically takes three steps to turn agave bagasse into a building material:

They physically remove the alcohol, sugar, bone, and shell, so just the fiber remains.

They dry the remaining fiber, then pulverize it into a powder.

They add a compatibilizing agent to make the powder behave like a plastic and interact well with the recycled plastic.

via Eat Drink Better | Healthy recipes, good food: sustainable eats for a healthy lifestyle!.

Why your next home may be made from industrial waste | Business – Around the Region | Times Free Press

Photo by Staff File Photo/Times Free Press.

Using hydraulic compression, the Chattanooga company’s technology aims to take discarded demolition and construction material and turn it into interlocking building blocks.

“They stack up like Legos,” said David White, RamRock’s co-founder and CEO.

via Why your next home may be made from industrial waste | Business – Around the Region | Times Free Press.

Old Red Balloon building demolition underway – Cowichan News Leader Pictorial

The demolition of Linda Faulkner’s downtown Duncan building began earlier this month after five year’s of wrangling that still has be settled in court.  - fileThe demolition of Linda Faulkner’s downtown Duncan building began earlier this month after five year’s of wrangling that still has be settled in court. — Image Credit: File

The city ordered the demolition of the 107-year-old building — located at the corner of Station and Craig — in September, five years after a protracted process that began when the building was damaged when it was hit by a Duncan snowplow.

Citing safety and nuisance reasons after Worksafe BC closed the site, the city eventually rejected a bid by Faulkner to negotiate a deal to repair and save the building.

via Old Red Balloon building demolition underway – Cowichan News Leader Pictorial.

What Contributors are Saying About The Reclamation Administration

Elizabeth Boris

 

 

“Repurposing and reusing our natural and manufactured resources makes hard-headed sense. Examples and tools are at the Reclamation Administration.”

 

 

 

Elizabeth Boris

Director, Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at Urban Institute

 “Keep up the good work!”

 

Ruth Trocolli

State Archaeologist at DC Government

Britton

 

 

 

 

“The immense amount of material that is wasted in our country needs to be highlighted to help educate people on what we can all do to help change how we view “waste” verses “reusable”. The Reclamation Administration is an amazing resource for people to learn about this topic.”

 

Britton Walker

Tips for recycling and reusing asphalt shingles

Tips for recycling and reusing asphalt shingles11 million tons of asphalt shingles enter U.S. landfills each year, according to the EPA

In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.), more than 11 million tons of asphalt shingles enter U.S. landfills each year. Shingles account for an estimated 3%-5% of landfill space and they are non-degradable, meaning they stay there forever. Asphalt shingles are also 25% oil by weight, so think of how much oil you could save by reusing or recycling your asphalt shingles?

via Tips for recycling and reusing asphalt shingles.

Internships are a reason to fund The Reclamation Administration

Michaela Harms

Micheala: Summer 2014 Intern Extraordinaire

Michaela is a student at Metropolia University in Helsinki, Finland studying sustainable building engineering. Her interest in innovative building was sparked with an initial project in the Mojave Desert at Aquarius Ranch on a super adobe dome underneath UFOs and starry skies.

She stumbled into the natural building world through working on organic farms and continued on with projects utilizing cob, light-clay straw, adobe, and infinite recycled materials. After working at cafes and arts non-profits to support her wanderlust, she chose to return to the Nordic region to get back to her building passion.

This summer she was on work placement with Whole Trees Architecture in her native Wisconsin with one of her architectural heroes, Roald Gundersen. In the future she hopes to creatively develop accessible hybridized building techniques. She believes natural materials, inspiring integrated design, cradle-to-cradle material reuse, and updated vernacular architecture are the future for a sustainable built environment.

When she’s not brainstorming building compositions and calculating structural integrity you’ll find her biking aimlessly, foraging in the forests, enjoying beers at a sauna evening and flipping around with her acrobatics group.

Micheala researched and wrote many articles while interning at The Reclamation Administration.

 

Here are a couple:

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Demolition planning as part of construction – reuse and recycling of parts improves the eco-efficiency of buildings

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland studied the reuse of structural elements in the ReUSE (Repetitive Utilization of Structural Elements) project, which recently ended. VTT also proposes the development requirements for improving the planning linked with demolition and repair. Of these, the most pivotal are the development of the guidelines and legislation supporting reuse, in addition to showing, by means of example targets, the commercial and ecological benefits that can be obtained.

via Demolition planning as part of construction – reuse and recycling of parts improves the eco-efficiency of buildings.

Sustainablog | Saving The Planet And Money At The Construction Site

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The world is slowly finding itself without the resources that it needs, and therefore the construction materials that are being used need to be reduced to help the environmental impact. Rather than send all of the leftover materials, as well as materials that are from the demolition and excavation process, as well as the construction process, this industry is turning towards recycling the reusable materials.

via Sustainablog | Jeff McIntire-Strasburg has been blogging a greener world via sustainablog since 2003!.

Welsh start-up to build recycling facility for construction and demolition aggregates

Cuddy Recycling Ltd, a start-up firm supported by the Welsh government, is establishing a wood, plasterboard and gypsum recycling centre in South Wales. The centre, which represents an investment on £1.2 million, will be the first of its kind in the area and will create 22 jobs.

The facility will process and recycle demolition aggregates from construction and demolition projects in Wales, in addition to waste timber and plasterboard, which will be sourced from the construction sector and civil amenity sites. The aggregates will be sorted for reuse within the construction industry and waste timber will be used for biomass fuel, panel board manufacture and animal bedding. The plasterboard will be reused in plasterboard manufacture where possible and the gypsum will be recycled as a soil conditioner for application in the agricultural industry. It may also be used as a cement additive.

via Welsh start-up to build recycling facility for construction and demolition aggregates.

10 Creepy Ghost Towns and Modern Ruins of the United States – Urban Ghosts

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People left the borough, properties were condemned and Centralia is now one of the weirdest abandoned towns and cities in America. Steam and smoke rise from cracks in a now-disused stretch of Pennsylvania’s Route 61 as the mining fire continues to smoulder.

Images by Lyndi&Jason

via 10 Creepy Ghost Towns and Modern Ruins of the United States – Urban Ghosts.

Review: Tong Lam’s ‘Abandoned Futures’ is a Compelling Visual Journey into Postindustrial Decay – Urban Ghosts

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Through a series of short essays and 169 eerily sublime photographs, Lam transports the reader to a variety of modern wastelands across the continents, from the crumbling Rust Belt cities of the United States to Europe and the emerging industrial ruins of East Asia.

via Review: Tong Lam’s ‘Abandoned Futures’ is a Compelling Visual Journey into Postindustrial Decay – Urban Ghosts.

Importing garbage for energy is good business for Sweden on Vimeo

 

 

Everyone produces waste, and the Swedes are no different. It’s what they do with it that is unusual. Sweden recycles and sorts its waste so efficiently that less than 1 percent ends up in landfills. But perhaps even more interesting, and somewhat controversial, is that Sweden burns about as much household waste as it recycles, over 2 million tons, and converts this to energy. But even with this amount of domestic waste, the country’s 32 waste-to energy (WTE) incineration plants can handle even more. And when Sweden runs out of its own garbage, it offers a service to the rest of garbage-bloated Europe: importing excess waste from other countries.

Importing garbage for energy is good business for Sweden from Sweden on Vimeo.

Woodbury approves demolition of Victorian-era Green Hotel | NJ.com

GREEN HOTEL JHW_5884.jpgThe former Green Hotel building at Cooper Street and Railroad Avenue, in Woodbury, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (Staff Photo by Joe Warner/South Jersey Times)(JOE WARNER)

“History is and always has been important in this town. There are a lot of old buildings here,” he said after the vote. “To forget and let them go is a shame, and that’s what happened here. There’s been no investment.”

via Woodbury approves demolition of Victorian-era Green Hotel | NJ.com.

ReuseConex 2014 | October 23-25, 2014 | Austin, Texas, USA

While it’s true that the “3Rs” have become a catalyzing movement of our times, the “reuse” part of this waste management trilogy is often overlooked. Thanks to ReuseConex, the International Reuse Conference & Expo, this is about to change!

If you work with a local reuse organization, if you shop at thrift stores or online resellers, if you buy or sell reusables, if you’re interested in green-collar jobs, and if you’re concerned about climate change – then join us for ReuseConex!

The theme for ReuseConex 2014 is Innovate. Transform. Sustain. — and we hope you’ll join us while we explore new methods and replicable models to make reuse work for your community. At ReuseConex you will find out more about the “triple bottom line” benefits of reuse, learn from and share best practices, and network with leaders in the reuse industry. Join us!

via ReuseConex – International Reuse Conference & Expo.

Jury finds Recology cheated in waste diversion bonus program | SF Politics

The primary way this occurred, according to attorney David Anton, involved misclassifying demolition and construction waste. Under state law, ground up raw construction material that is labeled as “fines” can legally be used to cover up the top of a landfill – in order to prevent pests, fires, and odors, for example. When construction waste is ground up and used this way, it counts as “alternative daily cover” – like a layer of frosting on a giant cake of garbage – and strangely enough, the state allows waste disposal companies to count that frosting as “diverted waste” even though it’s actually part of the landfill.

The lawsuit claimed that Recology tried to count a great many tons of its construction and demolition waste as “fines” when in reality it should have been labeled just plain garbage, because the tons of stuff that they were shipping to the Solano County landfill wasn’t being processed to a fine enough grade to comply with state requirements for what constitutes “fines.”

via Jury finds Recology cheated in waste diversion bonus program | SF Politics.

Former Hotel Menasha Green Lighted For Demolition – WBAY

Stan Sevenich was the lone opposition vote on the council. “One unique thing about the city of Menasha is that we’ve retained a number of our historical buildings. It kind of gives that certain character that surrounding communities have lost. I’d like to see us be fortunate to continue to have that,” he said.

The developers plan to file the paper work to begin the process to demolish the building right away. The hope is to begin construction on the new project by this fall.

via Former Hotel Menasha Green Lighted For Demolition – WBAY.

How US Urban Sprawl Causes Problems Ranging from Obesity to Climate Change | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

Urban sprawl, sprawl, suburban sprawl, suburbs, climate change, traffic, obesity

Have you ever thought about how the design of our cities, towns, and communities has wide ranging effects on both our own lives and on larger global issues? Yes, simply by changing the way we design our living spaces, we affect many things in both good ways and bad.

via How US Urban Sprawl Causes Problems Ranging from Obesity to Climate Change | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

St. Paul gets green light to demolish Moonlight Magic bar | Star Tribune

The couple said the city was acting unjustly and making the restoration process unnecessarily difficult because they were trying to open a Somali business. The couple pointed to a statement made by hearing officer Marcia Moermond, who said “this is a joke” when she realized the new owner was Samatar, who was dressed in a Muslim hijab. But the city says in a court filing that Moermond was referring to the fact that Samatar lived in Minneapolis and made a “dismissive comment about Minneapolis, which she then said was a joke.”

via St. Paul gets green light to demolish Moonlight Magic bar | Star Tribune.

WINDOW REPAIR & RETROFIT: STUDIES & RESEARCH

PDF of Report: National Trust

Window Preservation StandardsUsing cutting-edge window testing technology, the Collaborative’s tests are verifying “what most people in historic preservation have known for years, old and historic windows can cost effectively be made as or more energy efficient than new, disposable replacement windows.” “The Effects of Energy Efficiency Treatments on Historic Windows” is an empirical study recently completed by the Center for Resource Conservation in Boulder Colorado. The study involved retrofitting windows in a test home in a historic district and investigated and then compared the energy efficiency and economy of eleven different preservation treatment options with that of new vinyl windows. Most of the proposed treatments were able to outperform a new vinyl window.

 

via WINDOW REPAIR & RETROFIT: STUDIES & RESEARCH.

Michaela is Here! The Reclamation Administration is proud to welcome aboard Michaela

We are super excited to have Michaela interning at the RA!

Here at the RA we have a strong ethic of volunteerism, and we are happy that others do too.   Our internships are educational experiences tailored to the interests and goals of our participants, and of course our readers!  We are always thrilled when people step up to participate.

This spring we are super excited to have Michaela join us in creating new content by writing articles and updating resources.

Michaela
Michaela is a student at Metropolia University in Helsinki, Finland studying sustainable building engineering. Her interest in innovative building was sparked with an initial project in the Mojave Desert at Aquarius Ranch on a super adobe dome underneath UFOs and starry skies.

She stumbled into the natural building world through working on organic farms and continued on with projects utilizing cob, light-clay straw, adobe, and infinite recycled materials. After working at cafes and arts non-profits to support her wanderlust, she chose to return to the Nordic region to get back to her building passion.

She currently is on work placement with Whole Trees Architecture in her native Wisconsin with one of her architectural heroes, Roald Gundersen. In the future she hopes to creatively develop accessible hybridized building techniques. She believes natural materials, inspiring integrated design, cradle-to-cradle material reuse, and updated vernacular architecture are the future for a sustainable built environment.

When she’s not brainstorming building compositions and calculating structural integrity you’ll find her biking aimlessly, foraging in the forests, enjoying beers at a sauna evening and flipping around with her acrobatics group.

Look for articles by Michaela over the next few months!

Kennecott Ghost Town – Once the Booming Centre of Alaska’s Copper Mining Industry | Urban Ghosts |

Urban Ghosts is a great site for abandoned stories. This one about Kennecott mines in Alaska is poignant.

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The last load of copper ore left Kennecott by train on November 10, 1938. The following day the abandoned mining camp was declared a ghost town, and is now a national historic monument.

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via Kennecott Ghost Town – Once the Booming Centre of Alaska’s Copper Mining Industry | Urban Ghosts |.

Salvage, recycling can cut home improvement waste – Sentinel & Enterprise

* Speak to contractors about recycling. Contractors working on a home typically know which materials can be recycled in a given area. When discussing prospective projects with contractors, homeowners can mention their willingness to recycle materials. Wood is a versatile material that can be turned into reclaimed or composite wood products, including decks or other items used around the home. Old wood being removed from a home may even work as mulch, which homeowners can spread around their yards to add aesthetic appeal and protect plants on hot summer days. Even asphalt and concrete can be recycled into new products, and homeowners should discuss their wishes to recycle as many materials as possible.

via Salvage, recycling can cut home improvement waste – Sentinel & Enterprise.

Rare mutant redwood to be chopped down to make way for railroad – Boing Boing

I think this:

Matthew says: “An extremely rare albino chimero coast redwood tree is growing in the small Sonoma County town of Cotati. Federal regulators say the tree must be chopped down because the genetically mutated redwood is too close to a proposed set of new railroad tracks. Preservationists are hoping to raise public awareness and save the tree. The tree is believed to be one of fewer than 10 albino chimero redwood trees in the world.”

and this, belong together.

Hard not to love this - by Nemos in Milan, Italy.

by Nemos in Milan, Italy.

Go tell them what you think at bbs.boingboing.net

via Rare mutant redwood to be chopped down to make way for railroad – Boing Boing.

Manitowoc Mirro plant demolition begins, wood salvage continues | Post-Crescent Media | postcrescent.com

The recession and other factors made the plant’s reuse impossible, Spirtas said. He continues to salvage and sell northern hemlock and maple floorboards from the facility to underwrite continuing asbestos abatement and demolition.

Spirtas said about 100,000 board feet out of some 2 million has been shipped via truck to buyers in California, New York and South Carolina.

via Manitowoc Mirro plant demolition begins, wood salvage continues | Post-Crescent Media | postcrescent.com.

Drowning in Demolition – by Sara Badiali

For an updated, comprehensive look at Demolition Health Hazards and Waste (including water) Read: Deconstruction vs. Demolition: Portland, Oregon’s Potential for Groundbreaking Health and Safety Studies in Building Demolition – By Sara Badiali

In 2008 while working in DeConstruction Services for The ReBuilidng Center in Portland, Oregon I researched water usage in demolition.  I was biking to work and saw the Wonder Bread Headquarters building being demolished. The building was still full of furniture and I remember seeing papers flying out of the filing cabinets.  Huge hoses propelled water into the air and soaked materials as they fell off the open floors.  It wasn’t until later that I realized even though I talked to people every day about the benefits of deconstruction over demolition, I never said anything about water conservation.

Six years later I still do not see water conservation in the list of reasons why deconstruction is beneficial. Materials saved produce markets and economic benefits.  Jobs are created and the list of environmental advantages including emissions reductions are facts that are well used.  It is time to add water conservation and air quality to our curriculum.

In 2008 my research on water usage in demolition lead me to Trip Turner a Project Manager at Elder Demolition.  He explained that the hoses they used to spray the water for dust suppression were one to two inches in diameter. That the water is typically stopped from going into the sewer systems by caps and then collected to be disposed of as hazardous materials.  Why hazardous material? Trip explained that the water picks up benzene, a chemical in natural gas along with other particulates.  He told me that to demolish a 5,000 square foot building they typically use 6,000 gallons of water.  That comes out to roughly 1.2 gallons of water per square foot of building.

That is over a gallon of clean water for every square foot of building that is being demolished to keep air quality on a demolition site legally safe.

Continue reading Drowning in Demolition – by Sara Badiali

Earthships New Solutions – Part 1 of 4 – YouTube

Earthships have a special place in my heart. The folks of this documentary Earthships New Solutions do too. This is the first of a four part video – please go see the amazing work these people did. (also, the cinematography and animation are just tops!)

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Earthships New Solutions – Part 1 of 4 – YouTube.

Entering the mix – CDR – Construction & Demolition Recycling

In 2009, an Illinois law, the IL Public Act 096-0489 passed. This new legislation allowed for Beneficial Use Determination (BUD) status permitting the handling of materials previously classified as waste to be returned to the economic mainstream without the legal siting requirements of a solid waste transfer station.

This action spawned recycling industries in Illinois and has encouraged private-sector innovation and job growth in the most difficult economic climate in recent history. Reclaimed asphalt shingles (RAS) are now among the materials allowed to be recycled in Illinois, a petroleum resource that was harvested by neighboring states for nearly a decade.

via Entering the mix – CDR – Construction & Demolition Recycling.

Banksy Brooklyn Art Goes to Auction – WSJ.com

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The Red Hook building’s owner sold the section of the wall to art dealer Stephan Keszler about a week after Banksy’s work appeared—and now it’ll be on the block at Fine Art Auctions Miami’s second annual street-art exhibition. Mr. Keszler declined to say how much he paid for the work.

Sebastien Laboureau, an expert on street art and principal at MoonStar Fine Arts Advisors, said he estimates the red balloon work will fetch between $400,000 and $600,000.

via Banksy Brooklyn Art Goes to Auction – WSJ.com.

Demolition News » Man found dead outside disputed building…

As the fight to tear down the run down Glass Bank Building in Cocoa Beach continues, the man holding up demolition was mysteriously found dead outside the building.

Frank Wolfe, 82, was found dead Wednesday afternoon near the building’s garage.

Cocoa Beach Police aren’t releasing any details about the cause of death and say there are no suspects and are calling it a death investigation, not a murder.

via Demolition News » Man found dead outside disputed building….

Abandoned Olympic Venues: An Eerie Look Into The Past (PHOTOS)

Great slideshow on Huffington Post about million dollar abandoned Olympic structures.

What happens to Olympic facilities after the games are over? Well, some are turned into tourist-attracting parks, training facilities, theaters, concert halls, malls, museums, gymnasiums, biodomes, housing, and even prisons — repurposing that obviously could never compare to their original states of glory. However, what one would never expect is for some of these sites to go entirely unused, shamefully rotting away after billions of dollars had gone into their creation.

via Abandoned Olympic Venues: An Eerie Look Into The Past (PHOTOS).

Architects Propose a Barrier of Garbage to Prevent Future Flooding in Manhattan | Inhabitat New York City

Um, what?

green design, eco design, sustainable design, [CONTAINED], ONE Prize, Arianna Aermlli, David Sepulveda, Ishaan Kumar

The first layer of the project would be a deep canal trench dug around Manhattan’s shoreline. The canal would be lined with shipping containers, filled with garbage, and hopefully sealed to prevent leaking. The team would sort the trash used, only depositing non-toxic, unrecyclable materials within the storage containers. The storage containers would act as a flood gate, holding storm surges back from reaching the shore during storms and floods.

via Architects Propose a Barrier of Garbage to Prevent Future Flooding in Manhattan | Inhabitat New York City.

Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade | Washington Independent Review of Books

The excerpt review below is by Jim Schulman, a catalyst in the reuse industry. He is founder of both Community Forklift and Sustainable Community Initiatives.

Minter takes the reader on tours of various scrapyards and material processing facilities from Minneapolis, Dearborn, and Indianapolis in the Midwest to Bangalore, Guangzhou, and Wen’an in the Far East, among a dozen or so other places. One of his stops is the family owned scrapyard where he grew up working elbow to elbow with his grandmother. These vignettes and the interesting characters who populate them, though geographically and chronologically scattered, slowly and logically reveal the tidal forces of supply and demand of factory production and material consumption that splash back and forth around the world over the course of decades, though sometimes within a few weeks.

via Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade | Washington Independent Review of Books.

Firehouse relics salvaged | Denton Record Chronicle | News for Denton County, Texas

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Denton firefighters remove corner guards from the old fire station on Avenue B on Tuesday. The long-vacant building near the University of North Texas is scheduled to be demolished, along with the former sites of Sukhothai II and The Treehouse Bar & Grill, shown in background, to make way for a new CVS Pharmacy.

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via Firehouse relics salvaged | Denton Record Chronicle | News for Denton County, Texas.