Processes in Recycling

Recycling has been around for a long time, but most businesses are unfamiliar with the details of the process or the correct avenues for successful recovery. Separating recycled materials is very important; the many plastics and papers are separated into smaller sub groups that makes the entire process easier for recycling facilities. Unfortunately the general public are not aware of the sub separation groups, but today in Dallas, TX there is a solution: Recycle Revolution. Eddie Lott, founder of Recycle Revolution, became aware of this problem four years ago and decided there was a need for responsible and correct recycling practices for businesses. Recycle Revolution provides a service to Dallas and surrounding businesses by collecting materials and separating them. When the separation process has completed, Recycle Revolution is able to distribute the organized material to proper recycling facilities across the state. Eddie understands that convincing businesses to pay for recycling services is a hard sale, but when factoring in the price of hauling off garbage, most businesses are willing to pay the monthly fee to do the right thing the correct way.

Essentially, Recycle Revolution, is a distribution center for waste and is able to make sure that the delivered materials live a second life or more. Eddie, his mother and coworkers have also started taking in food waste and are in the beginning stages of composting. Recycle Revolution is open to receiving any waste materials and will explore every avenue for finding the proper destination for the waste.

Across the metroplex lies a small brewery in Fort Worth that also practices in recycling initiatives. Rahr & Sons brewery, a small craft beer company in the heart of Fort Worth, provides a quality product for a local alternative to national beers in a bloated beer market. Aside from feeling good about buying local/high quality beer, consumers can appreciate that Rahr has incorporated recycling as well. Grain, used in beer making, is left over when the process is complete and those at Rahr have found two ways to not waste the left overs. The Texas Hereford Association comes by at the end of brewing days and collects the used grain to feed local cows or the Artisan Baking Company will pick up the Ugly Pug grain and use it for bread as samples or sales to the public. Along with helping cows and bread enthusiasts, local beer enthusiasts can bring in 20 Rahr six-pack carriers for a discount on tasting and tour days. Rahr has also installed a fermentation tank that was once used in the production of milk; Jason Lyon, a Rahr & Sons Brewer, explained that re-purposing is very important to the company and they take advantage of recycling and reuse whenever possible.

Recycling is an option for consumers and businesses, but unfortunately all products do not recycle or are not worth it due to the high cost of recycling. A solution to this dilemma is closing the loop, or stopping waste that cannot be recycled from being produced. This closed loop, or cradle to cradle, solution can only be accomplished by manufacturers who can make sure that components of products can all be reused or biodegraded. Rahr & Sons has accomplished cradle to cradle with their grain moving from production process, to feeding cows or baking bread, to returning that waste to the ground; but grain is originally a biodegradable material, therefore it remains biodegradable throughout the process. If Rahr could find a way to guarantee that their bottles and cases would be biodegraded or reused, they would effectively close the loop on their production process. Those at Recycle Revolution are slowly approaching these solutions as best they can, but the fact that both companies are working toward good and engaging the community demonstrates how practical sustainable endeavors, such as recycling, continue to be.

References: Jason Lyon, Brewer at Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

Eddie & Maria Lott, Recycle Revolution;

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