Ok, so I have this weird thing for recycling. I like recycling, but it’s also about how recycling works. It’s a complete mystery. I mean, you toss your stuff in the bin and don’t think about it anymore. And it disappears, to be remade into other stuff. That’s awesome. It’s like magic.
But let’s face it, the recyclables don’t just disappear from the bin and miraculously appear as something new. Someone comes and picks them up, takes them to a recycling facility, and there are lots of people involved, and lots of hard work, and a lot of energy usage. And then what? Yeah, I don’t know either….Aren’t you curious too?
I found this interesting video I thought I’d pass on, just in case you’re wondering how all that stuff gets sorted.
Of course, it’s always better to reduce your usage so you don’t have anything to recycle in the first place, but as we work toward that, it’s definitely cool that more and more people see the value of remaking our trash into something else.
So back to my recycling “thing.” In my quest for all things green, I’ve subscribed to the city of Cambridge, MA recycling e-newsletter. I don’t live in Cambridge and therefore can’t participate in their programs, but they’ve got it going on. They recycle just about everything, have a strong framework for neighborhood recycling, and are great about getting information out there. They do school programs where someone from their recycling department will come to your school and give a presentation on how best to support the recycling workers when you recycle. (I used to teach in Cambridge, and my school took advantage of that one.)
And what was in my inbox from them this week? Why, nothing other than an invitation to tour their recycling center in Charlestown.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
Cambridge residents and City employees are invited to tour Casella Recycling in Charlestown and Waste Management’s incinerator in Saugus. No children under 16. The tour lasts about 2 hours and involves lots of walking on narrow catwalks and stairs, close to heavy equipment. If you can’t keep up with a group walking at a steady pace, unfortunately this is not for you. We meet at DPW and carpool. Let us know if you can drive and how many people you can take. Email to sign up and we’ll send more info.
Recycling Tours: 4/10 (early afternoon), 5/17 (early afternoon), 6/6 (morning). Or, watch a short video at www.zero-sort.com.
Trash Tours: 4/18, 5/22, 6/13 (all early afternoon)
I can’t explain why that sounds so cool, but I really want to go. Hopefully they’ll allow non-Cantibridgian recycling enthusiasts along for the ride too. I’ll have to let you all know what more I learned about how recycling works 🙂