Recycling and Steel Drum

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Recycling You watch as a recycling truck carries off material scraps. It is a heartening sight to see recycling centers of all kinds hard at work. You observe as scrap metals and tires, that might have taken up space in a city dump or incinerator, be carried off to its respective center, and knowing that it shall be re-used and spare a small burden on Earth makes you rejoice. However, as you draw near the center you notice billows of black smoke rise into the air. You stand there flabbergasted. You watch in disbelief as a facility designed to recycle materials in the interest of helping the planet is instead turning solid waste into another kind of pollution. This terrible scenario occurs more times than one might think. The noble…show more content…
With civil and judiciary pressure mounting the plant decided to open its doors and share information with all who wanted access. These "good neighbor" talks began on May 1 and went on for less than a month before Steel Drum continued to break additional environmental laws. These battles continued until the end of 2003, in which by that time, Steel Drum looked as if it were going to be evicted and its property sold to Duke Realty. The plant resisted the eviction accusing the city of "conspiracies" and "violating Constitutional Rights". At the beginning of 2004 Steel Drum met with the leader of the Ohio Citizen Action group to discuss possible solutions to the complaints by the local residents. The next day Ohio Citizen Action accused Steel Drum of attempting to bribe the group with 5,000 dollars. The group file a complaint to the judge overseeing the case and Steel Drum was quickly summoned to answer the accusations. Steel Drum reportedly said it was a misunderstanding that the plant wanted to donate 5,000 dollars to the local schools. The spokeswoman of the Ohio Citizen Action group, Simona Vaclavikova, continued to pressure the courts into speeding up the trial and bringing additional fines to the company. In August of 2004 a fire engulfed the sister plant of Steel Drum under suspicious circumstances. The sister plant sent a plume of black smoke into the sky and continued to burn for a day and a half. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
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