Garbage recycle plant
By Robert McRoberts
September 29, 2005
Are you sick of me yet?
Well I always feel good about complaining about things if I can
come up with a better plan. I have said before we need to do
something about our trash. OK let's turn Ward Cove into a garbage
recycle plant. We're shipping stuff south by the van loads. We're
paying not the tourist. What if we were getting paid for our
trash and all of Southeastern Alaska's trash? Heck, we would
not even need to start taking trash to Gravina and making some
hazardous waste area out of our wetlands over there. We need
to be responsible for our trash. We might even get famous instead
of laughed at by the rest of the world.
If we took our trash and separated it properly. These are just
my ideas... we take all the plastic, chop it all into little
bits and pile it up till we have a barge load. We take all the
tin cans and other metals chop it up in shreds, stock pile it
up till we have a barge load. We take all the glass and run it
through a crusher and turn it into sand - we could sell it to
Ketchikan Ready Mix for concrete or sell it by the barge load.
I have an experiment going on with my beer bottles I have been
throwing them into a barrel and crushing them down with a sludge
hammer. I have never had to empty it yet although it is getting
full and harder to crush. There may be two thousand bottles in
there. I was going to mix this into the concrete I have been
pouring around the house but it is too heavy to move any more.
I was out on Prince of Wales, do you know what they do in some
places? They throw their beer cans in the bay. They try not to
buy bottled stuff and they try to burn their food waste because
they have no garbage haul out from some of these little
But keeping on track with the recycle thing, we could grind up
all wood waste from homes that are torn down or remodeled and
we use that for fuel to incinerate the food garbage. Old oil
could also be used for this. Then the only thing going out of
town is stuff ready for recycle factories and we're getting paid
for this and maybe we would not even have to pay for trash any
more. Oh well, maybe now I can go back to sleep instead
of thinking about trash.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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