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tdoyle

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Had a couple of spare tires and wheels and the axels out of an original rear so I built this. A can crusher for crushing soda cans. It is driven by an electric motor. Turns the tires toward each other and down and sucks the cans thru.

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They used to but the landfill where you would take them doesn't even want them anymore. I always took my cans to the scrap yard and sold them. The price of cans is way down. The crusher is allowing me to put about 3 times as many cans in a bag as before and saves me a lot of space and hopefully by time I get a truck load the price will have gone up. I had everything to build it except 4 pillar block bearings which cost me $30 and it gave me a little project to work on. I can crush a 5 gal. bucket full in about 3 seconds.
 
Not all states have the can/bottle deposit and the return centers. I know that in Illinois and Indiana, we do not. Once you purchase the product, the container is yours. In some locations you can do curbside recycling, if you town/refuse hauler has that service. Otherwise, if you want to recycle them, YOU have to save them, and then take them to a metal recycler/scrap yard and they will give you XX amount a pound. No different than scrapping steel or other metals.
 
Folks in towns around here donate to their EMS unit and/or volunteer fire departments.
Most have drop cages where bags can be deposited.
Then they are taken to the redemption center for sale.
Good source of revenue for much needed equipment
 
My mom in Ga. use to send packages to my brother in NY. She would fill the empty space with cans lol my brother would turn them in for the deposit until they figured out they weren’t from there they stopped excepting them? Guess it wasn’t all about recycling?
 
In the 1980s and 90s we rode snowmobile in Michigan. We took our own beer. Lots of it. At the end of the week we would have a large pyramid of empty cans for the hotel staff. Onetime we averaged a case a person a day
 
Yes. A while ago, a local fella wrote a newspaper column and said ”I think the world is divided into 2 classes of people, those that throw trash out their car windows, and those that don’t” seems like a good dividing line to me… I worked in the recycling industry for about 15 years, designing the automated can and bottle recycling machines in supermarkets - a pretty fun challenge in many ways, but boy oh boy those machine get foul.
 
I read somewhere about a garbacologist (or what ever you call some expert that digs up old trash) that drilled down into one of those garbage mountains some places build. He drilled to the level of 20 years ago and what do you suppose he pulls up? Perfectly preserved Newspaper and 2-liter soda bottles.
 
I read somewhere about a garbacologist (or what ever you call some expert that digs up old trash) that drilled down into one of those garbage mountains some places build. He drilled to the level of 20 years ago and what do you suppose he pulls up? Perfectly preserved Newspaper and 2-liter soda bottles.

New York city did the same - they scraped back a "cell" and went down some 20 years and found bananas , brown but not degraded as one might think. No available oxygen was the explanation. Just like the ship wrecks in the northern great lakes, no oxygen in the deep water there.
 
I used to run an excavator and would dig up wooden items that had been buried for years that were still in very good shape. It does have something to do with no oxygen to cause the breakdown process. I'm surprised that somebody who designs the landfills hasn't figured out a way to get at least some of the trash to decompose in a normal fashion and thus reduce the size of the landfills. We call our landfill Mt. Somerset because it is the tallest thing in the county.
 

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