Happy Recycling Birthday to Me!
In the process of a renewable energy startup, which never did by the way, I met the founder of OEC and realized the movement was in the separation of municipal solid waste. It will probably take about 50 years for the U.S. to build all the facilities necessary to replace most of the landfills in this country, but by the time it’s done, there will only be a small need for landfilling anything, if at all. And yes, I realize that’s only half the millennium, but we will need some time to get into the more rural areas of the country which have no recycling whatsoever. Really, there is no recycling in most rural areas of the country unless you box, bag or cart your recyclables into a drop off center somewhere other than the front of your house. Can you imagine how much that contributes to the GHG emissions problems in America?
My country home is a perfect example! We live in a very rural, golf course community out in the middle of nowhere. The only reason to be in my neighborhood is to visit someone you know or play a great game on a very beautiful and difficult course, but there’s nothing else here. The nearest support facility like a grocery store, cleaners, drug store, etc. is 7 miles away. We have no recycling at all unless you bring your goods to a set of drop-off dumpsters in a different town 10 miles away. These 2 towns don’t have any recycling either by the way. In fact, within a 25 mile radius are about 4 towns which don’t have recycling unless you take it to the one town with the dumpsters. How ridiculous is that? With one facility, located at the dump which belongs to the larger city nearby, we could recycle everything in a radius of about 50-60 miles. This landfill takes in about 2,000 tons per day of municipal solid waste, which is exactly what a single OEC facility processes on a daily basis.
Yes, I know. I’m moving as fast as I can!