The season's problem is Trash Trek - anything to do with the control of the world's trash. We had a leg up as one of the children's extended family is in the 'biz. They run several of the big recycling and composting operations in the Boston area. We learned an amazing amount, including the harsh realities of today's recycling dilemma. It was quite eye opening to go through a discussion of the tonnage of recycling per community, how much it costs to separate (as well as how) each type and how much the market will pay and what customers there are for it. We got into the historical changes in the recycling stream as well. The hard truth right now is that it costs more to separate than what can be sold. And well-off communities recycle more useless materials (like imported green bottles - no one makes green glass in the USA) and less well off communities have more valuable recycling (less put in and a higher proportion of AL cans - the most valuable).
The kids tried out all kinds of ideas and just before I left for the Casket Tour they settled on making
|We don't have fun around here! Three small|
robot kids fit in a composter or two big ones.
There was no end to the fun until we started
filling it with kitchen scraps!
home composting more viable. As we poled everyone - we found out that all of us had some big composting bin somewhere on our property that was full but not really degrading (we inherited one at our last house - 15 years later it still wasn't dirt!). They realized that no one wants to turn it, an essential requirement to make it degrade. So if you don't get the air in, nothing happens.
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Wish them luck in their qualifier December 5th!