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Everything Can Be Recycled, Even Wood?

A week ago, Daphne, my little step-sister came to me and said that her teacher taught them that carpet could be recycled.

– No it can not be recycled, I replied rapidly . It might be possible to use it again, but surely impossible to recycle it.

She kept on arguing with me and even told me that carpet recyclers had their own association in America. I decided to go online and searched for it. As it appear, the little girl was incredibly right. An organisation of carpet recyclers exist in USA. Also there was even a construction waste recycler in my area that handle such items. I found out Recyconstruction and Recymobililer in my area : they provide recycling services for all  appliances, furniture, electronic waste and construction waste. I spoke to an environment specialist, Keith, and he explained to me about all the things that are recyclable as of now.

– Carpet is recycled for the plastic it contains, it could either end up transformed to a new carpet or anything else that is made with plastic.
– Wood waste are transported to an electric producer, who use it to generate power. It is a smoke-less fermentation process that do no impact on global warming.
– Drywall are going through some machines and transformed into powder, paper and paint are removed, and the remaining gypsum will either serve as fertilizer or be used to build new drywall.

And the same happens to each type of material. It is incredibly great to realize that we are at that point. To people expecting to make money by selling their old shelves or carpet, I would like to add that there is a fee to recycle those items.

– We used to be exclusively in the business of electronic waste recycling a ago. However, since at one point we were only recycling the items that we were accepting because it was not worth to sell it,  we had to put a recycling fee to some material that cost more to recycle than to toss away. Since we realized that people want to make a difference for the earth and were were OK with paying a little fee to cover the handling of the material, we decided to add more recycling services that couldn’t be sustainable by themselves to give an alternative choice to landfill.

– Fortunately, the service received a tremendous feedback, as it came to the market when people and businesses realized about our footprint on the planet, personally or on a global level. Businesses and building managers are more than aware of the green movement, reason why more and more building owners are competing to become LEED certified.

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Kevin Surace invents eco-friendly drywall

www.ted.com Kevin Surace suggests we rethink basic construction materials — such as the familiar wallboard — to reduce the huge carbon footprint generated by the manufacturing and construction of our buildings. He introduces EcoRock, a clean, recyclable and energy-efficient drywall created by his team at Serious Materials.TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the “Sixth Sense” wearable tech, and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at http Watch a highlight reel of the Top 10 TEDTalks at www.ted.com

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