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Garbage Mines

Extremely rich mineral deposits
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Here in the US, it seems no mater how much recycling propaganda is circulated, no one ever seems to do it. I think we should give this task to the mining corporations.

Instead of tearing up virgin land, they should set up operation over landfills and dumps. They contain a very high concentration of useable minerals, most of them already processed into large chunks.

The companies would have to adapt their equiptment to handle the difference in refining methods, but there would still be a net benefit.

-Garbage is softer than rock/earth, and would require less energy to break through (no blasting required).

-Great PR value. They are not destroying new land, and are getting rid of something people hate.

-Higher mineral concentrations means less time to extract the same amount of material, meaning more money.

-On-site energy source. Once the garbage is extracted, the safest types can be burned for energy.

Aq_Bi, Dec 29 2004

Yep, Half Baked Reforming_20crimina...recycling_20garbage
[DrCurry, Dec 29 2004]

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       Moderately certain we tackled mining landfills and garbage dumps before. May have lost in one electronic tsunami or other, of course.
DrCurry, Dec 29 2004
  

       The other discussion seems to more about prison labor than recycling. I wonder How feasible this is, economically?
tiromancer, Dec 29 2004
  

       I've stepped on one of these things before.....not pretty.
normzone, Dec 29 2004
  

       I think the garbage would tend to be pretty homogenous, unlike mineral deposits.
contracts, Dec 29 2004
  

       Feasibility is inversely proportional to the stench generated.
reensure, Dec 29 2004
  

       Each Home Depot store probably goes through 1 ton of stretch wrap a week. Can't believe they don't even recycle plastic, I'll bet they could sell this garbage instead of dumping it.
quantum_flux, Aug 05 2007
  
      
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