With the exception of old mattresses, bedding, and carpet which is just not sanitary, recycling can be a way to save our planet and to stretch tight budgets at home and at school .
A woman I saw on the news( whose parents most likely grew up in the great depression and world wars where everything was recycled). She has come up with a great solution… Dumpster diving to save schoolbooks and supplies we can certainly use in a second life.
This has always bothered me when I watched old workbooks barely touched thrown into the dumpsters.
Many times I retrieved them and offered them for free on EBAY but it is an exhausting mission and I finally just started dropping off things at the Goodwill store hoping they must be recycled.
But one ambitious teacher in the Midwest has been somehow storing old books in a warehouse. Not only that but she has her students go through every single piece of trash to use even discarded food as compost. She was featured in this recent news clip and I am trying to find out more about her mission. We need more people like her to motivate and instruct on recycling waste.
It should not be an indictment of our wasteful ways but a celebration of the vast wealth we possess in this huge nation. Americans are so very fortunate. This is the lesson we should teach our children and ourselves. Virtually everything can have a second life and the rec cession can teach us about thrift and economy .
I am wondering if there are clubs or yahoo groups or facebook organizations set up in our interconnected world to redistribute books, posters and school supplies. This would be terrific for homeschooling too.
Factories could donate broken tiles, thrift shops broken ceramics, cards, magazines all of those things which stand ready to be collected, wood, steel and even crayons, can be used again in art projects, science experiments. and wood shops. It is such a simple solution, how can we justify the waste of anything?
Perhaps it is time to take the lessons of our elders to heart. ” Waste not, want not.” that is what people of the 1930’s said. Before we had welfare programs or school budgets, simple farmers and city people made sure that fruit did not stand idle on trees, and parts were salvaged.
Hoarding may not always be a bad thing if it is organized and well run. It may even save your school.