Q. Does sand from shells really look and feel like sand?
A. Yes! Many of the white sand beaches across the world are made from shell particles that have been broken down over time by wave action and have been bleached by the sun. Short of looking at the sand under a microscope, you would never know whether the sand on your reclaimed beach came from shells.
Q. Will turning my shells to sand get rid of the smell coming from piles of shells?
A. In a word, yes. The actual tissue of the zebra mussel decomposes relatively quickly after washing ashore. What you’re left with is the unpleasant smell associated with other decaying substances (algae, seaweed, fish, stagnant water, etc.) trapped within the shells, not the shells themselves.
Q. Are there dangerous levels of any toxic substances such as PCB’s in the shells?
A. No. According to the U.S Army Corps of Engineers, whole zebra mussel contaminant concentrations are relatively low and are considered non-polluted when compared to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s sediment guidelines. Furthermore, any contaminants are primarily associated with the mussel tissues rather than the shells themselves. Read More...
Q. How does this process benefit the environment?
A. Accelerating the natural process of turning shells to sand is a beneficial use of what would otherwise be considered waste material. Energy and landfill space is conserved by eliminating the need to haul shells away to distant landfills, while pollution generated by the dump trucks is eliminated.
Q. What happens when new shells wash up?
A. It’s like mowing a lawn or shoveling snow. We can come back and turn your shells to sand as often as you would like.
Q. I’m trying to sell my house; will this increase my property value?
A. Huge piles of sharp, stinking shells, versus a nice sandy beach? While we can't say how much your property value may increase by converting your beachfront to a nice sandy beach, it stands to reason your property will be much more attractive and worth the value to someone looking for beachfront property.
Q. Where did you get this idea?
A. Our company founder was irritated with sharp shells getting inside water shoes and cutting feet whenever his family was on the beach. He started looking for a way to accelerate the natural process of turning shells to sand, setting off a multi-year development effort which resulted in a patented process and apparatus for turning shells to sand.
Q. Do you sell a machine so I can do this myself?
A. We expect to have consumer units for sale Summer of 2014.
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