The Grand Corp Program would solve several problems at one time.
A large special Corps in the National Guard would be created that is trained in
handling toxic materials. This Corps would have all the necessary equipment that
is needed... body suits, trucks, etc. to deal with any sort of toxic clean-up. They
would be ready at a moment's notice in the event of any disaster or attack.
At the same time that the Corps is available to protect the nation in the event of a
disaster, it would begin the full-time work of the cleaning up of toxic waste sites.
There are many projects waiting for such clean-up. Many lakes and rivers are dying,
whose fish are dangerous to eat.
The Corps would also take federal possession of all public refuse dumps, and begin
the long-termed clean-up of them. Some claim that there is a virtue in these city
dumps, where methane can be tapped and used for generating power... but these
sites are a stew of toxins that no one can predict the danger of. They are time bombs
and must be dealt with before they become unmanageable.
The clean-up and mining of these sites should begin quickly, and the concept of dealing
with all refuse completely redesigned. The Corps' responsibility would include the oversite
of refuse management and industrial chemical tracking. They will have the right to
access company records to track the use of dangerous and toxic materials.
As dump sites are cleaned up they will be mined for all recyclable materials. As the
Corps sorts through the contents of the dump sites, it will handle all newly discarded
materials for recycling.
These are projects that must be done by experts who are trained in the recognizing
and the handling of toxic materials. It must be assured that these toxins are neutralized
and disposed of properly. A private corporation cannot provide such assurances. There
must be an official aspect to this potentially dangerous process.
Homes and businesses will be given easy-to-follow guidelines for separating their
refuse, including indentifying and marking containers of chemicals that are sent
to the dump. The Corps specialists will do the more detailed separation of materials...
such as types of plastics, such as dismantling machine parts into specific metals.
These will be sold on the recycled goods market, and those monies put into the
Everything but filth will be recycled. Even leaves can be turned into filler or paper
products, along with anything made of wood found in the dumpsite. Filth would be
reduced by hot compression before returning it to a new dumpsite. Any other goods
that are salvageable will be sent to a Corps warehouse for scrapping metals and
detailed sorting. Goods that are usable or easily repairable will be moved to another
Government thrift stores, as mentioned in the essay IRS, would sell all usable goods.
The art of recycling will be practiced here. Civilian crafters would find numerous ways
of using materials, and the SBA fund could encourage the creation of a newsletter that
offers ideas to make use of recyclable goods. For instance, damaged clothes can still
be cut into squares to be sold for quilting... rags turned into rag rugs... shutters into
Complementary businesses could spring up around the thrift stores... locally owned
businesses: stroller rental, snack bars, hauling trucks for hire, upholsterers, etc.
Just with this salvage resource there will be much to handle, but all of these
recyclable and recycled goods are a resource, and a source of revenue.