A while ago, I went on a recycling facility tour at Allied Waste in King of Prussia. It was fascinating to see how effective the sorting machines are. They work mostly by repetitive mechanical action, causing shifting and sorting to occur by running trash over rollers at different speeds, and through the use of magnets to pull out metal trash. I felt like I’d stepped into a Dr. Suessian world of shaking, whimsical machines, in a world of walls composed of giant bricks of pressed paper, and bubbly bricks of translucent and red and blue bottles.
I learned that it’s OK to leave the plastic lids on containers like milk jugs and other containers, even though they are not recyclable, because their melt point is higher than the rest of the bottle. And I learned that that rinsing cans out thoroughly is unnecessary for the sorting process — it’s a suggested practice in order to keep bugs out of your house, and to have consideration for workers subjected to smells. This is consolation for those times when I don’t have 10 minutes to get all the peanut butter out of a jar and I haven’t been sure whether to put it in the recycling bin or throw it in the regular trash.
Next on my list is to go on a tour of Conestoga Landfill, and find out more about what happens to our non-recyclable trash. I think it’s important to find out more about the impact trash has on the environment, what’s being done about it, and how I can contribute to the effort. I’m happy that DDA takes an active interest in being green. To read about how DDA is doing its part, visit our website. Marketing and advertising has jumped onto the green bandwagon, and DDA can help you green your image, and give you the satisfaction that you are affiliated with a green conscious company. As a designer at DDA, along with your company colors, I can assure you that green will always be included in your design!
Entry by: judy