Where Dollars Die and Are Reborn

March 5, 2020

(playful, upbeat music) – [Voiceover] Money. It’s everywhere. But what happens when your bills get old and need to be replaced by new ones? That means old cash needs to be destroyed. A lot of cash. This is not, however, the story
of money growing on trees, but of trees, growing out of money. Well, more like vegetables. (bright music) – We are here at the Federal
Reserve Bank in New Orleans, and this is where we
shred millions of dollars. My name is Dean Wortha, I’m
the lead business analyst for cash services here
at the New Orleans Fed. We are the nation’s bank. Our job is to make sure that
we have a supply of currency. Also part of that is to
ensure that we remove unfit, old dirty currency from circulation. So here on average, we shred
about six million dollars in dirty money every day. This could be for any number of reasons. It could be because the
note has rips in it, holes in it, tears in it. It could have tape on it, it could have graffiti
written all over it. We don’t want that note
going back into circulation. If it has any sort of those qualities, it will be shredded. What we used to do is take
all of these currency shreds and they would just wind up
as waste, going to a landfill. Now, through a lot of work and effort, we finally figured out a way
where we can take these shreds and ultimately recycle them. – [Voiceover] So all
that green leaves the Fed and heads to a compost facility where it turns into
something quite useful. – What you’re looking at right
now is 24 million dollars. But the soil that is
creates will be priceless. My name is Johnathan Christian. We turn cash into soil. It is definitely one of
our secret ingredients. It’s little in content, but
it’s huge in what it provides. Currency that’s deemed unfit
is brought to our facility at Wooden Materials. From there we go through
a simple composting process where we convert that into a healthy soil. Our compost is used
primarily by urban farmers in the greater New Orleans area. – [Voiceover] One of these
farmers is Simond Menasche. – And this is a million dollar farm. We are making fresh, local
food accessible in New Orleans. We’ve grown veggies, herbs,
cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers. The vegetables we grow here are
made out of composted cash. It is very fulfilling to be growing, using a material that would
otherwise go to waste. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. – [Voiceover] And that’s the story of how we grow tomatoes out of cash.

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  • Reply I Hit Lickz December 17, 2019 at 3:13 am

    all ima say is don’t let me be one of the workers bc my ass will snatch a band real quick

  • Reply Daniel Realzola Acosta December 18, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    DANG! they really shred millions of dollops 🤐

  • Reply Appa the Pitbully December 19, 2019 at 2:21 am

    The fact that money can be pissed away like that reminds me how materialistic it is. Makes me think of how simple life could possibly be if money never exist. Its really just a piece of paper. At the end of it all, it means nothing.

  • Reply Appa the Pitbully December 19, 2019 at 2:29 am

    The money is most likely being accounted for, digitally.

  • Reply Edward and James production December 19, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Team trees be like :

  • Reply Austin Grace December 19, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    I bet they do this everyday 24/7 non-stop !

  • Reply Blanco Playz .-. December 19, 2019 at 8:56 pm


  • Reply aimar ramadhan December 20, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    How much does it worth for a piece of paper money worth no matter the currency value?

  • Reply jonhcena 2843yt December 21, 2019 at 2:47 am

    is that how you get rich soil??

  • Reply Alfie Bean December 21, 2019 at 9:01 am

    What is money?

  • Reply Axel Logic December 22, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    I like how he says money is everywhere but not in my Bank account

  • Reply Xotic December 23, 2019 at 4:38 am

    News people next day: A shredder business responsible of shredding millions of dollars is missing over 20 million dollars to plant 20 million trees.

  • Reply lakecity33 December 23, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    I would be like brake and take 5 big tubs of money

  • Reply JMJ AUDIO December 24, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Sad sad sad what a joke

  • Reply Hank Bridges December 25, 2019 at 12:27 am

    How do Cartel get a lot of new American money?

  • Reply Gold Justice December 30, 2019 at 12:19 am

    I want this to be a hiest in PayDay 2.

  • Reply Cutoverfour 58 December 30, 2019 at 7:11 am

    Black people watching this like 😯👨🏿

  • Reply EdgarTV January 1, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    Now that’s real rich soil right there

  • Reply Avery Dosal January 2, 2020 at 12:25 am

    The employees can easily take money and put it in their pocket

  • Reply Edgar Terrazas January 3, 2020 at 5:49 am

    My cousin said he wanted to do this job and when he saw the location he was like never mind there’s hurricanes there and I’m like 😑

  • Reply anime lover 95 January 3, 2020 at 9:17 am

    i guess you can say love the chicken from Popeyes 😂

  • Reply Nicholas Brown January 4, 2020 at 12:05 am

    Just slip a 20 in ur pocket they dont measure the Weight of the shredded money

  • Reply floare Cirpaci January 4, 2020 at 12:07 am

    Who wants to rob the federal reserve easy 6 mil in one day

  • Reply Hamam Akhlis88 January 4, 2020 at 11:49 am

    The real "money" is gold and silver, even if it is shredded it still have value.
    But we have been fooled by banker to believe and receive that this compost is money.

  • Reply Charmander Trainer January 5, 2020 at 2:07 am

    Want how

  • Reply K1naku5ana3R1ka January 5, 2020 at 3:09 am

    The workers at the mint went on strike, they want to make less money. ba dum tss

  • Reply Aspiring Roblox January 5, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    I'm gonna need alot of glue and a microscope

  • Reply leo lion January 8, 2020 at 1:33 am

    When i was little i thought money grows on trees.

    Now trees grow on top of money

  • Reply Frizz January 8, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Bruh i just did the math and it showed they can shred 1-3 billion dollars per year

  • Reply Hyper Nova January 10, 2020 at 3:27 am

    This is so fucking disturbingly wrong, just pure fucking wrong

  • Reply Anuj Trivedi January 11, 2020 at 2:42 am

    He sounds like trump

  • Reply Brian Rollins January 12, 2020 at 2:41 am

    Worldest most expensive soil

  • Reply Roy Gutierrez January 12, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    ( •_•)
    Want this bog of cash?One like:)

  • Reply Yani January 14, 2020 at 2:39 am

    If you give a bank a ripped bill they will give you a new one

  • Reply I Wamen January 14, 2020 at 3:02 am

    All those rare money 😭

  • Reply James Perez January 14, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    I will take all the money if u guys don't want it

  • Reply Cmander Rhino January 15, 2020 at 2:07 am

    Won’t the little pieces still have some sort of value?

  • Reply Jesse Quinn Harrison January 15, 2020 at 7:51 am

    🤔 FAKE💸 OR 💵REAL
    Today $13 was withdrawn from Chase Bank.🏦
    Three $2’s + Seven $1’s = $13.00.💰
    The $2’s were dated 200#.📅
    The $1’s however, were denied by WinCo’s self checkout machine!?!🤖
    1957 + 1957
    1957 + 1957
    1957 + 1957
    ++ 1935 ++

    Chase Bank
    61 N Country Club Dr, Mesa, AZ 85201
    (480) 890-5008

  • Reply Peachy Pringle January 15, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    Bag of soil at some store:
    Stuff in the soil:
    Horse and Cow poop
    6 million dollars
    Vegetables and fruits

  • Reply Matthewanimates Km January 17, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    Do the trees grow money to replace fruits and thats how you make money?

  • Reply Cari so wealthy January 17, 2020 at 4:54 pm


  • Reply Johnnathan Bautista January 18, 2020 at 1:42 am

    I can imagine some of the workers taking a stack or so.

  • Reply Ava Cameron January 18, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    Finally. A good reason for money. At least you can grow food from old bills. All money is …..economic slavery.

  • Reply τ α ʑ January 20, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    You know how many homeless people would love to get just a pinch of that cash… Such a shame

  • Reply adonai barahona January 20, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    Everyone gangsta until some random person takes your old money that u dont even know

  • Reply Kevin Cummings January 21, 2020 at 2:44 am

    My dollars just die. They are never reborn.

  • Reply Aloy notreal January 21, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    this might be the team soil challenge

  • Reply Trevor Sheridan January 21, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    imagine opening that vault of shredded money and getting buried by mounds of paper.. it looks kinda dusty too,so you be coughing and wheezing and breathing cash

  • Reply mrdogeman Oi January 22, 2020 at 5:46 am

    That's what i call rich soil

  • Reply Elsa Thome January 22, 2020 at 6:24 am

    Ah ! 🙍🏾‍♀️🗡️.. My heart when they destroyed the money.. 😢

  • Reply Gabriele Grudzjnskaite January 22, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    I would hate this job

  • Reply chino loc1GMT January 23, 2020 at 2:04 am

    Think I just threw up

  • Reply Trusten Randell January 25, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    This is just sad… instead on donating it…there are people and children that are in need right now… this shows how wicked this country is..

  • Reply meowster the third January 28, 2020 at 6:09 am

    i used the money to create the money

  • Reply Guardia Break January 29, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    There's nothing wrong with those 20s…?

  • Reply WRECK 215 January 31, 2020 at 5:28 am

    There is no way I can see myself destroying old money it still spends. If finding a way to get that out everyday. FOH

  • Reply Zynix January 31, 2020 at 6:12 am

    Idgaf what tears, holes, graffiti, or how dirty the bill is, I’ll take them bills

  • Reply Barney The purple dinosaur February 1, 2020 at 3:46 am

    Is it wrong I kind of want to jump in all of the shredded money because I love shredded paper oh so fun to play in

  • Reply AAandAG February 2, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Tree –> Paper –> Money –> Shredded Money –> Compost –> Trees

  • Reply iRooki February 2, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    Scrooge McDuck is shaking

  • Reply muxtar samedov February 6, 2020 at 12:26 am

    Give me$ 100 000 from that money forthe soke of Allah.+380931519842 wasap

  • Reply Coquito_papi_hp Ps4 February 6, 2020 at 3:23 am

    I almost fainted watching this 😩

  • Reply katsika12 gia February 7, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    I would grab a million everyday

  • Reply lupe220 s February 8, 2020 at 12:55 am

    Who is watching this in 3am

  • Reply ScrimSCREAM February 8, 2020 at 3:16 am

    Mr Krabs: screams

  • Reply Dg2346 Blast February 8, 2020 at 4:12 am

    What would the mutilated currency division say about this

  • Reply Kyle Brantley February 9, 2020 at 2:53 am

    :You’re as poor as dirt
    Me: Thanks

  • Reply Hasanthe Kill February 9, 2020 at 8:11 am

    Imagine this being your money being shredded

  • Reply Hasanthe Kill February 9, 2020 at 8:11 am

    Imagine this as your job just burning your paycheck

  • Reply Hasanthe Kill February 9, 2020 at 8:12 am

    Imagine this being your job lol

  • Reply Yuan Cruz February 10, 2020 at 5:48 am

    Money grows on trees,trees grows on money?

  • Reply Marlon Gold Swift February 10, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    dds 1 dollar bill jokes

  • Reply Nye February 11, 2020 at 1:18 am

    Omg the movie MAD MONEY!!!

  • Reply Ryan Alexander February 11, 2020 at 3:04 am

    Oh so this is how cash crops are grown

  • Reply lothean February 12, 2020 at 4:18 am

    Imagine having to go through the cavity searches leaving that job every day.

  • Reply PRDX The_law214 February 12, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    I see myself planing my whole life to work here and steal 20k a day

  • Reply Elliot Reviews February 12, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    Imagine if that place got robbed

  • Reply 50,000 subscribers with just 1 picture February 13, 2020 at 4:37 am

    So you see money do grow on trees😁😁😁

  • Reply Squrt February 13, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    2:06 I can’t be the only one who thinks that noise sounds like drinking a potion in Minecraft

  • Reply CDX Vbucks February 14, 2020 at 4:35 am

    Where Money was born: In the Bank

    How they died: Ripping the Dollar

  • Reply Lyn Pulido February 14, 2020 at 9:34 am

    I need to work there and steal the money

  • Reply Juan Franco February 17, 2020 at 10:41 am

    Wow wow wow give it to me I'll take care it for you .

  • Reply juan prz February 18, 2020 at 5:18 am

    Imagine all those dollar Bill's that have the word boner on it getting shredded

  • Reply FlayK February 18, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    Moral of the video: Remember, next time you eat a vegetable, you might just be eating a 5 dollar bill.

  • Reply Conision February 18, 2020 at 11:24 pm

    I can say that the soil is rich

  • Reply Veronica Barragan February 19, 2020 at 3:22 am

    Instead of shredding it… y’all should just give the cash to me lol jk

  • Reply W THOR February 21, 2020 at 1:46 am

    Gov. Wasting our tax dollars

  • Reply Helena Playz February 21, 2020 at 2:52 am

    So if I eat plants it means I am made out of money?

  • Reply iamtheone andthebestone February 21, 2020 at 4:24 am

    Money does grow out of trees

  • Reply Icy Lapras February 21, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    1:36 the soil won’t be priceless, it will be 24 million dollars 🤦‍♂️

  • Reply John Miguel Versoza Delfin February 22, 2020 at 2:31 am

    Imagine Mr. Krabs watches this video of shredding money…..

  • Reply Kullen Dieter February 23, 2020 at 6:26 am

    How to stop loweing the value of the US dollar: STOP PRINTING MONEY… Federal Reserve

  • Reply johann diddoson February 26, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    Wow i want to work there

  • Reply RACELIS ANGEL.61 February 27, 2020 at 4:51 am

    Imagine finding this place and stealing some soil and driving back to the bank,putting it on the counter ane saying "now give me a million dollars"

  • Reply com March 1, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    We kill trees
    To make soil for trees

  • Reply Juan Vasquez March 1, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    It hurts seeing this

  • Reply Christian Neri March 2, 2020 at 5:08 am

    Why not just pay their debt….. duh

  • Reply IG:Slottymemes March 4, 2020 at 2:05 am

    I guess u can say ur filthy rich

  • Reply Israel Santana March 4, 2020 at 5:01 pm


  • Reply 05 ItepK March 4, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    Imagine if a stack bumps off the trailer…

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