We talk with Adam Minter, a columnist at Bloomberg and author of the fantastic book Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade.

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Adam demonstrates how not to ride a forklift.

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Lastly, Adam was kind enough to share a short video he recorded in 2011 at an OmniSource facility in Fort Wayne, IN. What you’re seeing below is scrap being fed into a shredder by conveyor; the operator has a live, thermal imaging view to see what’s going on inside the machine:

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