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The Grand Corp

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 fund.

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 area.

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 cabinets.

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.

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