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Food For Thought

Some of you may remember way back to grade school when “greenhouse” meant something entirely different to us. Like, Saran wrap stretched over the top of a bunch of Dixie cups. But, boy things sure have changed.

Now we’re talkin’ trash!

Recently I visited a real “green school” and wished I had this kind fun learning about the environment when I was a kid. Teacher Pauline Roberts of Birmingham Covington School says not only do the students recycle cans, chip packets and juice pouches, but have found a bunch of other creative ways to recycle. Like taking out of date library books and turning them into clocks by adding working parts to the front cover. And, after months of collecting plastic bottle caps for project “Flip Your Lid” – the bottle-cap mural is almost complete! June 6th the last cap gets put into place.

Through the nationwide “Green School Program” points are earned by either activities completed, various projects, recycling, and learnings. After a school reaches 10 points, it can earn a “Green School” status. 15 points gets “Emerald” and 20 or more gives the school an “Evergreen” status.

The students at Birmingham Covington School have earned an Evergreen status by doing things such things as preventing over 400 pairs of shoes entering landfills, and through the “Trash Free Friday” campaign, the kids calculated that a 8000 saved pounds was kept out of the landfill. Now we’re talkin’ trash!

Pauline says “They are beginning to realize that they are agents of change and that one kid can make a difference.”

Recycling At Its Finest

I don’t know much about dumpster diving but it sounds like recycling at it’s finest. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a hippie or anything, and as far as used food goes I draw the line. But when walking the dogs on trash pick-up days, occasionally something will catch my eye. What’s in that open box? And take a peek. Or, when I pass a piece of furniture I wonder what the history is behind it. It’s sad to see these things going to a landfill and hopefully someone will pick it up and value it in a new home.

Even if the landfills aren’t on your radar, I bet the green in your wallet is.

In a pile of books being cleaned out of an apartment building, a man found an autographed script of John Ford’s 1935 academy award winning movie “The Informer” which was appraised on the Antiques Roadshow at $4,000 to $5,000.

Or, how about the woman that found a precious 1885 Zuni pot on the side of the road. Even kinda beat up it’s valued at $15,000 to $25,000.

It gets better. A carpenter saw that Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall mansion was destined for demolition and smartly salvaged some precious relics. Value? $80,000 to $100,000.

Now, will you see my legs hanging out of a dumpster any time soon? Probably not. But during my evening walks you bet I’ll be keeping an eye out for the original 1959 Barbie. I hear she was recently auctioned off at $27,450.