Samuel Leggett

Sustainability Engineer, Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute of Mississippi Board Member
Starkville, MS, United States

About Samuel


Finishing a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Mississippi State University. Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering 2008 from Mississippi State University.

An idea worth spreading

Every community can recycle it's own glass waste into a myriad of products that can then be offered to the community at a low cost. Because the supply chain is zero length the profit for the business owner is outstanding. Wal Mart can't compete with that business model.

I'm passionate about

Sustainable solutions for garbage. If it is worth too much as a material to throw away then the garbage problem goes away and becomes a commodity with value.

Talk to me about

Recycling, machinery, manufacturing, process control, materials, heat transfer, sustainable energy systems, rain water recovery, alternate energy systems, and anything else.

People don't know I'm good at

Building furniture from locally available materials with an extremely long life. Residential Building contractor and sustainable designs and construction.

My TED story

I am about to open the first community level glass recycling business in Mississippi. Magnolia Recycled Glass will purchase container glass from the community and manufacture glass tiles and glass table ware. I am experiencing a lot of static from the traditional business types. If recycling is profitable it won't have to catch on, it will be viral. A zero length supply chain allows for such profits. When garbage is too profitable to throw away waste issues will disappear. The materials are still there and don't lose any of their inherent value by the manufacturing process, use, or simply because the container is labeled garbage.

Comments & conversations

Samuel Leggett
Posted about 4 years ago
How do we reduce single use and disposable plastics in our package, production and supply streams and move towards a sustainable world?.
Plastic recyclers are a bunch of complainers. I understand the polymers in a fundamental way. There are hundreds of products that could be manufactured without all the sorting. Everyone thinks that a recycled material has to be returned to some pristine state. That is simply untrue. It only needs be good enough for the process. If an entrepreneur can pay enough for the plastic from the community kids will be out collecting them. The process and the material must have enough end value to justify the collection costs. I like the idea of landscaping logs made from recycled plastic, ground and extruded. The different plastics wouldn't mix but they would adhere and intertwine. Why not?