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The Life Cycle of Your Reusable Trash

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green arrows forming a triangle to suggest recycling and reusing materialsCheck out this Earth Day video featuring LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Cofounder and Curator-in-Chief of the award-winning Reading Rainbow app and host of the original PBS series). From paper to plastics to metals, the video shows the journey of recycled materials from curbside to paper soup and plastic chips and finally to renewed materials for future products.

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  1. 1. tuned 6:27 pm 04/22/2014

    Except the stuff exposed as being trucked to Mexican landfills.

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  2. 2. SJCrum 4:34 pm 04/28/2014

    As far as the greatest recycling in the world, it is a science fact that all garbage can be recycled in a way that is way above world-class physics. And, that is because, also in real science, ALL MATTER is made entirely, and with nothing else, JUST ENERGY.
    So, to do recycling at its greatest, that involves just changing all of the garbage back into pure energy. And, I am not joking even in the slightest.
    just so you know also, a single teaspoon amount of dirt can power and automobile entirely for fifty years without ever turning off the energy “generator”, and running continuously. This type of system, which is low-cost also, can create more energy than all of the nuclear power locations entirely.
    So, this is the greatest recycling type ever. And, I can describe the science-based process of how all atoms that exist were, and are even now, made entirely with energy. And, a process that is fully able to be seen in Hubble space Telescope images. One image, for example, is the Bubble Nebula”, and which isn’t a nebula at all, but instead is a beginning object in the matter-making process.

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