Toward the end of the summer, Junior and I undertook a trash extravaganza. Junior adores our area's recycling facility (well, someone has to), and asks to visit often. From inside a building with large picture windows, one can see large trucks dumping recyclable materials into enormous piles. We are a county of orange juice drinkers and Tide users, to judge from such heaps.
So, inspired by the Community Building list and by the resourcefulness of home-school bloggers like Poppins, I dreamed up some little projects that we needed to do before our trip to to the beloved recycling plant. We read books (a few too many for Junior's taste), constructed a recycling depot in our laundry room (much more to his liking), and collected garbage around our neighborhood, where we reaped in about 35 pounds of trash. 35 pounds in a mile-long walk. Isn't that amazing? The next day, having a greater appreciation for the Reduce/Re-use/Recycle mantra, I took Junior to the recycling place, where he spent a couple of happy hours.
In regard to the books, starting with Paul Showers’s indispensable Where Does the Garbage Go?, I recommend I Stink, by Kate and Jim McMullan, about a New York City garbage truck; Compost: Growing Gardens from Your Garbage, by Linda Glazer; and Litter, by Donna Bailey. We found all of them at the library.