Weavers Way Co-op: Big Changes Underway

Image via weaversway.coopLocal favorite Weavers Way Co-op in Mt. Airy is expecting big changes this summer.

Construction has already started on the Mt. Airy Pet Supply and Wellness storefronts, combining them to make an extended space that will include a huge bulk section for buying nuts, grains, snacks, dried goods and oils.

While the main building is under construction, the Mt. Airy store has opened a special Pop-Up Shop in the community meeting room at 555 Carpenter Road. For convenience to Mt. Airy shoppers, a shuttle van will travel to and from the Chestnut Hill Store Tuesday and Thursday evenings, as well as Saturday mornings.

And don’t worry, the Co-op isn’t going anywhere! In fact, they have tons of events planned for the summer, including parties, cook-outs, crafts and more. Check out what’s in store for the upcoming months here.

Lights, Camera, Action: Revolution Recovery in the Local Limelight

Our previous cover stars Revolution Recovery are now gracing the silver screen in a new documentary by Temple film grad Nicolas Romolini.

The documentary gives a look into Revolution Recovery’s day-to-day operations at their Northeast Philly facility. Romolini talks with founders Avi Golen and Jon Wybar about their work and how they’ve developed a unique recycling system that has revolutionized the way construction “waste” materials are processed.

Romolini had originally learned about Revolution Recovery from Grid’s cover story.  His colleague Gene Smirnov, who shot the photos for the piece, suggested Romolini use the company as the topic for his next project. Having done a variety of past pieces, covering subjects from street artists and musicians to the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America Rally, Romolini felt the company was another great opportunity to look at individuals making a difference on a small level.

For now, the video is up on Vimeo and Romolini’s website and there are plans to show it at upcoming film festivals. To watch Nicolas Romolini’s short documentary or any of his other works, visit his website.

Recycling Challenge: Construction Waste

FACT

Building-related construction and demolition waste totals approximately 170 million tons per year, roughly two-thirds of all non-industrial solid waste generation in the U.S.

PROBLEM

Total annual construction and demolition waste (“C&D waste” in the biz) equates to 3.2 pounds of building-related materials per person in the U.S., per day. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 52 percent of this ends up in a landfill. Sources of building-related C&D debris in the waste stream include demolition (approximately 48 percent of the annual waste stream), renovation (44 percent) and new construction (8 percent). It is economically viable to recycle the majority of this waste, as the cost to transport and dispose of C&D waste can be more than 2 percent of a project’s cost.

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Waste Not: Revolution Recovery is blazing a bold new trail through the construction waste disposal business

Revolution recovery’s three-and-a-half-acre lot on Milnor Street in Northeast Philadelphia is a shrine to waste. The space hosts a huge pile of used wood and another of drywall. There are stacks of ceiling tiles and bundles of miscellaneous plastic and cardboard. The back of a truck is filled with rolled-up carpets and a group of boxes hold discarded metal poles. A truck pulls up and adds a load of mixed materials—wood, plastic, concrete and metal—to the mess. It’s like being inside a gigantic, well-organized construction site Dumpster.

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