Episode 211 - Trash, Composting & Recycling

Original Airdate: 
Monday, November 22, 2010 - Sunday, November 28, 2010
Next Airdate: 
Monday, September 19, 2011 - Sunday, September 25, 2011

In this episode of Eco Company we see what happens to our waste and to the stuff we recycle. It's an eye-popping experience! We start...where else...at a landfill. There is obviously a lot of trash that doesn't have a second use...or does it? Brendan finds out that trash goes 200 feet deep. All that trash produces methane gas and this place is putting it to good use.

Then it's to the compost heap! Jessica learns how restaurant scraps are collected to provide the nitrogen and wonderful nutrients needed to make compost. It's compost that goes back to farms and wineries to grow our food and produce. Nothing gets wasted and all goes right back into the soil.

Recycling, of course, is so very important to reducing our collective Carbon footprint! Next up Adam visits a materials recovery facility to see what happens to all of the stuff we put into our recycling bins. How do they sort it?...and what do they do with it? Then he gets a lesson in the 4 Rs. Yes, there are 4...reduce, reuse, recycle and ROT. Yes rot or composting. Knowing the importance of the 4 Rs will help you walk a green path in life.

So then we're talking e-waste. We all like the newest phone, or the latest computer...all the newest gadgets! But what happens to the old stuff. E-waste is becoming a big problem. Jessica followed the trail to an e-waste facility to see what can be done with all of that electronic gear.