Interestingly, the word was out. A sincere thanks to radio stations MyFM 95.5 and CKNX AM 920, news press (Kincardine Times, Kincardine Independent, Kincardine News, and the Lucknow Sentinel) , Community 6 TV, Sleeper's Bed Gallery of Kincardine advertising and word of mouth from supporters for advertising to make it happen. Mattresses and box springs were delivered by the droves! We had approximately 20 units brought to the site on Saturday alone to add to the over 60 units already on site. We actually ended up with more units than we could deconstruct in the time we had available.
Andrea and Bill Zimmer, Councilor Ron Coristine and wife, Jennifer Coristine, and Gerry Taylor PREDC Executive Director had a chance to roll up their sleeves and get to know each other while cutting, pulling, ripping materials off of the units and dragging them to their separated piles.
Andrea is an artist (who we are hoping to have at the Best of the Bottom of the Bruce EcoArt Show in October) and she was doing some reclaiming of her own! It's a surprise but you'll really want to see her work as she commemorates her trials at the deconstruction event through her work.
We've learned something valuable through all of this though. One product that requires Council's consideration for recycling is foam rubber. Although there may be opportunity for us to use the foam as a water bladder to hold rain water and release it as the soil dries, there is so much foam in mattress construction that could be recycled. Recycled foam rubber is used mostly in the manufacture of various grades of carpet underlay and shoe insoles.
Once again Heather and I and all of our participants have to thank Carlsun Energy (North Bruce), Weber Supply Company Inc. (Hanover), and Ideal Supply/NAPA Auto Parts (Port Elgin) for their equipment sponsorship of the deconstruction events.
(Below from Left: Bill Zimmer, Andrea Zimmer, Heather Pletsch, Gerry Taylor, Ron Coristine, Jennifer Coristine The R.I.P sign was in with the mattresses! Nice hat Ron-I feel a new fad coming on!)
Second Below: Kincardine Councilor Ron Coristine examines copper frame of very old spring...is there gold in them thar hills, Ron?)