Metal Recycling at Kus-kus-sum
Rebar in recycling bins at Kus-kus-sum ~ C Holbrook
Ripping up concrete with rebar ~ N Prince
1st, 2nd and 3rd set of bins dropped off at Kus-kus-sum ~ C Holbrook
Rebar is used to reinforce concrete and in the areas where heavy sawmill machinery was placed, the rebar strips are denser and sometimes thicker. In some places, metal beams were used for extra support. Copcan Civil Ltd., the contractors removing the concrete, must separate the metal from the concrete so that it, and the concrete, can both be recycled.
Once the metal is separated it gets put into bins that are placed on the site by ABC recycling. Once the bins are full, ABC comes with new, empty bins and hauls the full bins away. This process will be repeated throughout the summer until all the metal is removed from the site and trucked away for recycling. Funds from recycling the metal will help offset the costs of the restoration.
Occasionally, before the rebar goes into a bin, it is pulled out and left on the concrete in intriguing shapes and configurations. More than one person has remarked on the aesthetics of these ephemeral rebar sculptures, one of which is pictured on this page.
In the spirit of summer fun, Project Watershed is holding a contest to see who can guess the number of full bins of metal that will come of the site. If you want to take a stab at estimating, email Caila.Holbrook@projectwatershed.ca, or post your guess to Instagram or Facebook with #metalrecycling and #kuskussum, by Friday June 23rd. The closest three guesses will win a $25 gift certificate from the Peninsula Co-op. If there are more than three correct guesses we will draw three names from those who have guessed correctly.
Thank you so much for your support and interest in Kus-kus-sum, if you have any questions feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Ephemeral rebar sculpture ~ C Holbrook
Disappearing rebar sculpture ~ C Holbrook
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