Sunday, August 1, 2010

You Gonna Throw That?

I caught this scene the other day at a local fast food joint:  a man loading cardboard leftovers onto his truck.  I'm guessing this gentleman has worked out some sort of arrangement with the restaurant's management.  Now he's ready to go recycle the material or do gawd knows what with it.

This begs the question:  would he, and others like him, take cardboard boxes off of my hands?  I've got boxes that once held cereal, pasta and other things.  I could round up my neighbor's throwaways as well to make a sizable take.  Surely he could have some use for it.

Why, just last week I put out my old lawnmower on the curb.  The metal plate on top was loose, and one of the tires was missing.  It had definitely seen better days.  Anyhow, after several days the machine was gone.  I figured somebody took it to sell for scrap iron.  My action paid off as I was rid of my little eyesore, and hopefully, the person who took it got something out of it.

If scrap iron, aluminum cans, and cardboard can be rounded up efficiently by those who know what to do with it, it stands to reason that other materials, like plastic and paper, can be recycled too.  Why wait for the city to come pick up our blue bags with recyclables every other week when we can offer our refuse to those who depend on it?  We could be putting our trash to work instead of having it wait for the city to do its rounds. 

Wilkinson Iron & Metal Inc. takes almost any piece of metal, as well as cardboard, according to their Yellow Pages ad.  And Plastic & Metal Recycling Inc. on 3202 Green St. can take care of our plastics.  That just leaves paper.  But that could be mixed in with yard clippings, branches, and leaves to make compost.  None of this has to make its way to our landfill.  The only thing is getting the community to come together to make a difference.

What say you?

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