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Tour of van der Linde Recycling

By: Myles Henderson Email
By: Myles Henderson Email

December 24, 2009

At van der Linde Recycling, they take tons of trash or junk and split it up into all of the little pieces that can be recycling and given a new life.

Owner, Peter van der Linde says, "This is the landfill of the future. This is the direction it's going and must go."

Van der Linde Recycling is divided into two parts, construction waste and household garbage. Both begin with a truck and a big pile of trash. The construction waste is primarily sorted by machine.

"This particular machine in the construction/demolition building will handle 100 tons an hour."

Technology like star gears, finger screens, trommels, air knives, shaking conveyors, and electromagnets separate the mountain of rubble into 15 different piles of recyclable products.

Van der Linde says "The final frontier was the household garbage, the stuff that nobody really wants to deal with."

The household garbage is largely sorted by hand, pulling the recyclables from a conveyor of trash, but there is still second life at the end of the line.

"100% is going to be recycling or reused. Because whatever we are not able to recycle - banana peals, coffee grounds, egg shells, those types of things - we're sending to a waste energy facility in Harrisonburg."

Van der Linde takes the work out of recycling, making it his job and not your job.

"A lot of it that was in there should have been recycled, but people weren't participating. The exciting part about what we are doing now, those people are now recycling and they don't even know it," he said.

Not all of the local trash companies work with van der Linde Recycling. Here is a list of the garbage haulers that do recycling household garbage with van der Linde Recycling: Time Disposal, Dixon Trash Service, Fluvanna Disposal, Kingrea's Disposal, M&M Disposal, All American Trash Service, and Ace Disposal.

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