Scotland Yard recycles weapons for the London Olympics

Scotland Yard is giving the biblical phrase “swords into plowshares”  a new twist.

Scotland Yard's recycling is helping to build London's Olympic stadium

Scotland Yard's recycling is helping to build London's Olympic stadium

Usng a unique recycling method, the famed British constabulary is turning the metal from unwanted weaponry into something useful. 52 tons of scrap metal from guns, knives, keys and other assorted metal objects will be melted to be used to  make steel girders for bridges and buildings, and used in cars and trains. Another  3.3 million used bullets have been collected by the metropolitan police force which will be used as part of London’s 2012 Olympic site in East London. 

All told, the force collected 3,182 tons of waste in 2009. Bullet casings made up of lead, brass and aluminum have been used to make jewelry and photo frames.

The staff of Scotland Yard has expanded their recycling efforts  to include body armor, clothes, cooking oil, horse manure and over 5,500 vehicles that would have otherwise ended up in landfills.

Seems that the British are light years ahead of the game when it comes to recycling. We could definitely take lessons.

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