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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the Trump administration — as it did with recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital — had simply “recognized the reality on the ground.”
President Trump remained out of the public eye Monday amid renewed questions about the status of his health and the White House’s handling of his medical information.
Jack “Tato” Bigio, chief executive of UBQ Materials, stands in a container of shredded garbage.
Jack “Tato” Bigio, chief executive of UBQ Materials, stands in a container of shredded garbage.
The garbage is sorted, dried and shredded into confetti.
The garbage is sorted, dried and shredded into confetti.
The confetti is transformed into thermoplastic strands.
The confetti is transformed into thermoplastic strands.
The recycled material is used to make products such as this pen holder.
The recycled material is used to make products such as this pen holder.
“The magic that we’re doing is we’re taking everything — the chicken bones, the banana peels ... and we convert it,” says Jack “Tato” Bigio, chief executive of UBQ Materials in Israel.
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