In 2008, 1058 tons of trash was taken out of the City of Kiel. This amounted to 81 percent of total waste hauling for this community. Recyclable collection amounted to 105 tons and paper weighed in at 143 tons removed from the city or roughly the twenty percent of curbside "garbage" that did not reach the Calumet County Landfill. This video journal was taken on April 20, 2009 with the help of Chilton Veolia Site Manager, Scott Van Haveren who assisted with a full scope of "a day in the life of my garbage". Ask any child young enough to watch the big green truck coming down his Kiel street on Monday morning to take away the garbage, "where does the garbage go?" and he'll immediately say, in the garbage truck! What happens after that, some adults cannot even answer. The breakdown is rather simple. In Kiel, depending what week you have recyclable day, every Monday is garbage day. Two trucks usually come to residential areas. One for recyclable glasses, plastics, cardboards, papers and the other for just "trash". All recyclables are transported to the Chilton Veolia site where they are not sorted, but compartmentalized in areas of cardboard, mixed glass and cans and plastics and then just mixed papers. These areas are loaded or bailed into transportable containers again to larger garbage sites like the Veolia warehouse in Chicago. There, they are likely to sell off these massive quantities of cardboard, milk jug plastics or metals. But, the regular garbage...that all goes straight to the landfill. Their is nobody looking through this or sorting anything out. What this boils down to is a soupy mess of decomposing trash on top of an almost maxed out facility northwest of Chilton. The landfill has already made another "cell" for a new landfill because of height limits and DNR standards on the existing site. A note to anyone throwing away something in their garbage today: if it's in the regular garbage, it's going straight to the landfill. This web journal is intended to bring awareness to where our garbage travels to and where it will be for many years. Video produced by Gina Kabat
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