1. Law School.
2. Nuclear waste.
Here's another view of the town--with more of the Don Quixote feel.
Spring Back Recycling is taking on the rarely attempted task of mattress recycling. In their words, they are working to "protect the environment by offering retailers, institutions, and consumers an economical alternative to dumping used mattresses in landfills," which, I learned from the radio story, is where most mattresses end up.
Each year more than 30 million mattresses are sent to landfills across the country. Because of their large size, mattresses take up considerable space and can take decades to decompose. Additionally, mattress springs frequently get caught in bulldozers, loaders, and trucks causing extensive damage.Equally impressive, Spring Back employs previously incarcerated and homeless men to do this work.
The mattresses are broken down into raw materials such as cotton, metal, wood, and foam. Each of these component parts is bundled and sold to area scrap buyers to be reused in other applications.
We can all draw our own conclusions from my compilation of economic indicators, but I always like to see a little light at the end of a tunnel.