Episode 405: The Life of a Recyclable

Original Airdate: 
Monday, October 29, 2012 - Sunday, November 4, 2012
Next Airdate: 
Monday, July 1, 2013 - Sunday, July 7, 2013

Recycling is so very important to reducing our collective Carbon footprint! To learn about the entire recycling process Adam visits a materials recovery facility to see what happens to all of the stuff we put into our recycling bins. The sorting process is pretty amazing. The various materials are baled and sent off to be reused. But where do they go?

We decided to follow the plastic to a re-use center where it's separated, stripped of labels, cleaned, ground up and sent off to be made into something new. It's a noisy place with one of the largest contraptions you've ever seen.

That's the plastic...what about the paper? That's another field trip! Josh visits a recycled paper mill where recycled paper and cardboard goes to be broken down into new paper pulp and eventually becomes new product packaging for store shelves.

Then, remember the movie "Back to the Future" where they used garbage to fuel the car? That time is here! Well, maybe not completely. In our last stop Adam meets a guy in Connecticut who turns used cooking oil into biodiesel to use in vehicles AND to run a power plant! He wanted to do something with all the used grease his restaurant was throwing out...now it's a green business of its own.