CHANGING the world one car at a time
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Soil is one of the Earth's largest assets for supporting life.  As well as the oceans, the land is teaming with life of all walks.

Soil erosion and soil contamination are big contributors to the state of the troposphere as well as the economies of all nations abroad.  Landfills are one of the big contributors to water and soil quality.

Traditionally, the way in which waste from the material waste stream has been dealt with is to dig holes and bury that which people do not wish to have in their surroundings. The trouble with that method is, it is always present in a state of decay.  Small amounts of waste and contaminants enter the surrounding soil, and build up over a period of time.  Keep in mind, there is no such thing as a 'sanitary landfill'.

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The easiest and best way to handle the material waste stream is to implement a particular type of recycling called 'single stream recycling'.  With this method, a team of professionals are given total control of the material waste stream; they then sort the trash from treasure and direct the waste according to its usefulness.

The ultimate consumer needs only to place all used material (paper, plastic, organic waste and glass) into one container and place that same container in a convenient place for pick up by waste professionals.  Not much change from tradition in that aspect.  The consumer will NOT sort the recyclables from the waste, as it is not needed with a single stream system.

To illustrate this technique, watch the short clip below.

The total waste stream is diverted into a facility that is specifically designed to  sort and handle the material.  The end result of this process it to produce two things; recycled goods and top soil.  The top soil is derived from composting any waste that cannot be recycled. 

The reclaimed waste (now composted into top soil) can be spread over land that lay dormant for one year, or so, and will eventually be placed into agricultural production for bio-fuels and crops for food.  The new layer of top soil will minimize erosion and help to contain a layer of moisture.

There is no downside to this type of recycling.  Each community can actually benefit both environmentally and financially from implementing single stream recycling programs.