April 3, 2023

Dumpsters And Doughnuts: A Resounding Success


Dumpsters & Doughnuts: A Resounding Success

This past Saturday, we held our much-anticipated “Dumpsters & Doughnuts” event, and we’re thrilled to report that it was a huge success! Thanks to the support of our community, we were able to fill a large dumpster with all sorts of items, as well as shred documents, and collect electronics for recycling. But that’s just the beginning of the story.

One of the things that sets our event apart is the fact that we take recycling seriously. Everything that went into the dumpster was taken to the DTG recycling facility in Woodinville, where the contents will be sorted and recycled. Even items that you might not have thought could be recycled will be, thanks to DTG’s state-of-the-art processes.

For example, urban wood waste and brush is processed through a grinder or hammer mill to produce what is often referred to as Hog Fuel. This alternative fuel is then used in biomass power operations, reducing the demand for non-renewable fossil fuels like oil or natural gas and diverting wood waste from the landfill. Scrap metal and wire are picked out and sorted into piles of ferrous, non-ferrous, and various types of wire, then shipped to local scrap metal companies who turn it into new metal products, including rebar.

Recyclable plastics are sorted and shipped to vendors to utilize in their production process, to be made into new plastic products. Plastics that are not recyclable through conventional means are processed into GigaFuel, an alternative low carbon fuel product utilized in cement production. This helps local cement manufacturers offset their reliance on coal or natural gas, and in turn reduces their carbon footprint.

DTG Recycle, also recycle over 90% of a mattress. They are disassembled and sorted by hand, processing anywhere from 60-90 mattresses per day. The wood frames are mixed in with the Hog Fuel, the metal springs with scrap metal, and the foam is baled and shipped to vendors to use in their manufacturing process of new products.

But the event wasn’t just about recycling. We also had a great time! Visitors enjoyed coffee and doughnuts on site, and we were thrilled to receive donations of gently used shoes and clothing, as well as monetary donations for Helping Hands Ministries. It was heartwarming to see how many people were willing to support our community in this way.

We want to say a big thank you to everyone who came out to support our event. Your enthusiasm and generosity are what made it such a success. We hope to see you at future events, and we encourage you to continue supporting local initiatives that help make our world a better, cleaner, and more sustainable place to live.

Stay tuned for details of our next event coming soon.