Members of the Green Club of TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas got a first-hand look at how recycling works with a trip to a facility that processes used materials into new products.
Online PR News – 19-May-2010 – – Members of the Green Club of TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas got a first-hand look at how recycling works with a trip to a facility that processes used materials into new products.
On May 14, the environmental-awareness group visited Greenstar, a recycling center at 1228 Cornerway Blvd. that works with the city of San Antonio to separate material and to process them into reusable products including aluminum, paper and plastics to be used by companies all over the world.
Opened last year, the plant is the most technologically advanced facility of its kind in the United States. “Touring it was an eye-opener for the students,” says Skyler Saucedo, Green Club faculty sponsor and Upper School science teacher. “We learned a lot about the specifics behind turning trash into reusable material.”
At Greenstar, the students saw a giant ensemble of conveyor belts, human-operated separating posts and other devices that work to organize and process more than 10,000 tons of trash in less than a month’s time. They also learned do’s and don’ts of recycling: Styrofoam and plastics marked with higher numbers are accepted, but PVC, garden hoses and plastic bags can cause trouble for the recycler’s separating machines.
“We learned some pretty interesting statistics behind recycling,” says Saucedo, such as:
- 36 percent of all trash is recycled in the United States, compared with 80 percent in Germany.
- Aluminum is the most valued reusable commodity.
- Glass and small-fiber colored paper are the least-valued.
Saucedo hopes to return for another Green Club visit to Greenstar next year. “It’s an incredibly fascinating place,” he says, “and quite an experience for anyone interested in where their trash goes.”