"Zabaleen" is the Arabic term for those visionary and enterprising people whose culture revolves around recycling. The Zabaleen are experts at "transforming one man's garbage into another man's gold" and aspire toward a net zero-waste economy. Applied and supported this could lead to true energy independence, not only by radically reducing our demand for "raw materials" and hard to extract natural resources but by recycling other less obvious phenomena and materials that are now wasted.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
First fryer test for melting plastic bags
Working toward the elimination of our plastic waste stream: Tonight I took some of our plastic grocery bag and plastic wrapper waste and put it in a small coffee can (with a stone for weight) and immersed it in the basket of my new stainless steel electric deep fryer (the kind with a thermostat for making french fries)... set to 360 F. 45 minutes later, with no smoke or fumes or smell, all was melted down into a manageable recylable product.