Episode 29: Left Behind

Recycled Countertop

The top image is a countertop from CHF's new conference center made with aluminum scraps (from Renewed Materials)

Matter can neither be created nor destroyed. So when you take your garbage out to the curb every week, do you ever stop to think about where it’s going? In this week’s episode, Jori Lewis explores how New York City is trying to make it easier for residents to recycle their electronic waste. Electronic devices like computers and televisions contain heavy metals that are toxic if they get into our water, soil, or air. It is important for these objects to get disposed of, or recycled, properly. We also take a look inside of CHF’s own new construction project to see how recycled materials of all kinds are finding their way into new building materials. We talk to Demir Hamami, whose company Renewed Materials creates architectural products using recycled (or un-recyclable) aluminum, which is used as a countertop surface in our new museum and conference center. Element of the Week: Cadmium.

Show Clock

00:00     Opening Credits
00:31     Introduction
01:15     Element of the Week: Cadmium
03:25     Conversation with Demir Hamami
07:16     Recycling Electronics
11:23     Quote: Chinese proverb
11:32     Closing Credits

Resources and References

For more information about recycling batteries, check out
To learn more about Renewed Materials and their product, Alkemi, visit their Web site.
If you want to know more about how you can recycle your electronics, the Environmental Protection Agency has the answers.


Special thanks to Jody Roberts for researching the show.

Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Additional music was provided by the Podsafe Music Network. The music for the Element of the Week is “Turnstile,” by Eric Dietrich. After the interview the music is “Old Man Coyote,” by Ethan Martucci. The music following the feature is “East Side Bar,” by Josh Woodward.



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