MY VISION

“From a green living perspective, the benefits of recycling compared to the drawbacks of landfilling makes recycling an easy decision.” Three-quarters of all of the garbage in the United States is sent to a dead zone, otherwise known as a landfill. Not only is it the end of the line, but the final resting place for a trillion dollars’ worth of recyclables also creates problems of its own. Landfills are toxic to the air as they exude the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane. “In 2009, 25 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions were eliminated through recycling more than 7 million tons of metals, equal to taking almost 5 million cars off the road in a single year.” The dead zone of landfills cost municipal and state governments money with absolutely nothing given in return. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, recycling offers more than $200 billion dollars in tax revenue annually, saves the land, the air and the water as well as provides jobs everywhere, including inner cities and other hard-hit low income neighborhoods. (25)

When the Coca-Cola Company, whose cans, bottles, bottle caps, plastic and cardboard, are already 100% recyclable, pushed the green initiative, its stock went up to $75 per share. (23) In their Renew Blue initiative, the electronics company Best Buy plans on recycling one billion pounds of electronics by next year, and they have already surpassed the seven-hundred million mark. (8) General Motors has readjusted its thinking and now sees waste as “a resource out of place.” According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, a staggering seven billion tons of manufacturing waste makes it to landfills every year. Currently, GM is pushing for landfill-free, zero-waste manufacturing worldwide. GM reuses everything from plant sludge, to cardboard, to plastics, to wooden pallets, and in return, they earn $1,000,000,000 annually. This is new revenue that they weren’t earning ten years ago. (16) There are new companies cropping up every day who use, or plan on using, post-consumer waste. NewWood invented a building material that contains half recycled wood and half recycled plastic in its matrix. (14)

Finally, even the US Environmental Protection Agency agrees with my summation when they said, “Someday we may be mining our landfills for the resources we've buried.” (6) Everything you’ve read here, except for the idea of Landfill Miners™ (3), and the 2008 Forbes Magazine article (5), was found on the internet with just a few days of research. The recycling companies already exist, there is no shortage of landfills, there is no shortage of Miners, documentaries and reality TV are here to stay, and the desire to be “green” is the mood of America (and the world, for that matter). We just need to connect the dots.

 

The idea of mining landfills for recyclables doesn’t mean we’d be mining garbage, it means we’d be mining gold.

 

Timetable

 

 

Description of Work

Start and End Dates

Phase One

Train Miners (environmentalists, volunteers, etc.) to recognize salvageables & learn the stated criteria in the Network - Landfill contract.

Variable

Phase Two

Contract with viable Landfills.

Variable

Phase Three

Contract with End Companies who will haul away the separated salvage according to what their company processes.

Variable

 

Budget

 

 

Description of Work

Anticipated Costs

Phase One

Contract Agreement with Landfill

Network/Producers Set Cost

Phase Two

Contract Agreement with End Companies

Network/Producers Set Cost

 

Total

Network/Producers Set Cost

 

After an agreement is made between the Network and the Landfill, the Landfill Miners™ get to work, the show is shot, and at the end of the day or week, end companies like contracted recycling collection services pay the network a prearranged per/ton or per/unit price and haul away the items they are designed to process.