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Turning trash into backyard decking, a rare look inside a unique recycling center

Turning trash into backyard decking, a rare look inside a unique recycling center


FROM BALES OF PLASTIC TO BACK
YARD DECKING. THE PROCESS OF TURNING ONE INTO
THE OTHER TAKES PLACE HERE AT
THE WILMINGTON AIR PARK, AT THE
AZEK COMPANY’S RECYLCING CENTER.>>EVERYTHING ON THE RIGHT SIDE
IS STUFF THAT WE CAN PROCESS. YOU CAN SEE SOME BAGS, SOME
CUPS, 6 PACK HOLDERS
KARIN: THE RECYCLING PROCESS
STARTS HERE. ALL OF THIS IS A COMBINATION OF
CERTAIN PLASTICS THAT YOU AND I
THROW AWAY.>>AS WELL AS WE GET SOME HIGH
VOLUME FROM SOME MAJOR
MANUFACTURERS AND RETAILERS THAT
WANT TO FIND AN ALTERNATIVE WAY
TO GET RID OF THEIR MATERIALS
INSTEAD OF SENDING THEM TO THE LANDFILL
>>RIGHT NOW THE FORKLIFT IS
GOING INTO OUR MIXING PIT. WE’RE TAKING THE BALES AND WE’RE
BREAKING THE BALES APART. KARIN: THE MATERIAL GETS DROPPED
INTO THE PRETREATMENT LINE.>>IT’S IN THE PRETREATMENT LINE
WHERE WE START SEPARATING ALL
THE CONTAMINANTS.>>SO IF IT DETECTS ANY TYPE OF
FERRIS METAL, ANYTHING THAT A
MAGNET WOULD IDENTIFY, IT KICKS
IT OFF
KARIN: IT GETS MIXED WITH MORE
DENSE PLASTIC HEATED RESIZED AND EVENTUALLY GETS TURNED INTO A
TYPE OF DECKING KNOWN AS
TIMBERTECH, AN ALTERNATIVE TO
WOOD. THE AZEK COMPANY HAS BEEN IN
WILMINGTON FOR 25 YEARS BUT THIS
RECYCLING CENTER IS BRAND NEW. THE COMPANY HAS ADDED 28 JOBS
HERE ALONE AND SAYS IT HAS PLANS
TO CONTINUE ITS GROWTH IN
WILMINGTON, A CITY THAT LOST
10,000 JOBS A MORE THAN DECADE
AGO WHEN DHL PULLED OUT OF HERE. IT’S NOW SEEN AS A CITY THAT’S
MAKING AN ECONOMIC COMEBACK. KARIN: —
AMAZON IS SLATED TO OPEN A
SORTING CENTER OUT OF THIS
AIRPARK WHICH COULD CREATE UP TO
A THOUSAND JOBS. LIVE IN WILMINGTON, KARIN
JOHNSON, WLWT NE

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