photo by Tomiaki Tamuraphoto by Tomiaki TamuraEvery week each department at Arcosanti with  workshoppers and volunteers takes turn to spend their few morning hours to collect recyclables and non-recyclables using a pickup track covering the entire site.

[Text and photos by ttmr]

photo by Tomiaki Tamuraphoto by Tomiaki TamuraThose “collectibles” are source-separated as much as possible, as we commonly see everywhere in this environmentally conscious world. Arcosanti has been doing this ever since we had started the project 45 years ago.

photo by Tomiaki Tamuraphoto by Tomiaki TamuraOnce the loaded track reaches its destination (Recycling Slab) where all the recyclables are temporarily stored, the sorting by staff begins.

photo by Tomiaki Tamuraphoto by Tomiaki TamuraMost recyclables are periodically taken to recycling centers in Phoenix and Sedona. Non-recyclables are put into a large dumpster contracted by a local waste management company and eventually end up in a landfill.

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