On the Road to Zero Waste: Burlington Video
This video was shot in two filming sessions in 2001 and 2003 with some of Paul's university students. It features the activities of Recycle North a huge reuse and repair center located in Burlington, Vermont. This operation employs some 27 people and has an annual income of about $750,000. It has several goals: diverting material from the landfill; poverty relief, and job retraining. People are literally taken from the streets and given 6 months training in the repair of objects in one of four divisions: large appliances, small appliance, electronic goods, and computers. After six months they get a certificate and receive help obtaining employment. Recently they have added a deconstruction (of old buildings like barns, houses, hotels etc) section to their operation as well as another site to sell the reclaimed building materials obtained from the deconstruction. (28:30 Minutes; June 2003).