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New technology isn’t just fluff

By Ann Knoedler

Did you know that auto shredder residue is called fluff? Sounds harmless doesn’t it?

It’s what’s left over after a vehicle has been stripped of recyclable parts, and is primarily a mixture of various plastics, rubber, miscellaneous metals, cloth, etc.

The problem is that scrap metal dealers don’t have the technology to recycle this contaminated mixture, so it’s carted off to landfills.

Now here’s where it gets interesting.

Green Enviro Tech, a Nevada Corporation with an office in Fond du Lac, has a plan to put a stop to some of that pollution. It’s plan is to build an approximately 100,000-square-foot auto parts (fluff) plastics recycling plant in the city of Fond du Lac’s Southwest Industrial Park.

Scrap metal dealers will ship their fluff to this plant, where a patent pending cleaning process will remove the contaminants, followed by a separation process that will sort the various fluff elements into piles of plastics, rubber and whatever else is in the mix.

The recovered plastics will be sold into the marketplace to be made into more auto parts and other consumer products; the rubber/resins will be converted to synthetic oil.

Of course I’m simplifying. Check out GET’s Web site where they describe their technology in detail, including a link to a video of the assembly line cleaning/separating/recycling process.

I think this is an exciting development in the fight against pollution. I’m all for keeping this planet clean as can be.

Unfortunately, this process won’t keep 100 percent of fluff out of landfills –- even GET will be left with auto shredder residue they don’t have the technology to recycle.

Maybe one day some more smart people will come along with the technology to keep GET’s fluff out of the ground.

Ann Knoedler is a data reporter with The Daily Reporter. Her blogs are fluff-free.

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