What is done with cedar trimming?
Once sorted and shredded, cedar trimming are compacted into cylinders of a capacity between 1 to 5 tons. Thereafter, a boiler heats the water to boiling point in order to inject the steam at the bottom of the cylinders. The steam then passes through the various levels (baskets) of fresh and compacted trimming, to be then drawn through water cooled radiator system (coil). This last step has the effect of condensing the vapor back to the form of a mixture of water and oil (60% water, 40% oil). This mixture will be in settling basin that allow us to collect the floating oil layer above the water, oil being lighter. The process will take 6 hours in total. Once finished, heated trimming are kept to make top quality compost in which we plant cedars to bring back all at 100%.