Good things are happening here

October 22, 2013 

Good things happen even when you least expect them.

Lisabeth Brianna Hurtado, who is enrolled in the FLYERS after-school program at Springfield Elementary, came up with a great idea for recycling. She presented her idea to Site Director Julie Teigeler to build a city out of recycled boxes, paper and whatever else they could find.

All 70 children collected boxes, plates and miscellaneous stuff to build a city, all by themselves. The kindergarten children built a subdivision called “The Commons of Recycling City.”

I had the pleasure of talking to some of the kids. Lauren built a “Busy Bakery” and even incorporated a canopy over the door. Andre designed a garage with a rollup door and a concrete driveway. Katie helped everyone, plus built her own house. They built the Duke Energy building, a factory, zoo and army base and are still working on the Panthers’ Bank Of America Stadium. I was delighted to see how hard these kids worked. There are no couch potatoes here.

I hope these children stay this enthusiastic about recycling, because it is so important for their future.

As I looked around I was surprised to see no pizza boxes. So I did a little investigating and found that some parts of a food box, such as pizza boxes, are not recyclable because of the grease and cheese that soil the cardboard. Food is one of the worst contaminants in the paper recycling process. Grease and oil are not as big of a problem for plastic, metal or glass because these materials are recycled using a heat process. But when paper products, like cardboard, are recycled, they are mixed with water and turned into a slurry. Since we know water and oil don’t mix, this issue is clear.

Thank you to Teigeler, her staff and the 70 children in the FLYERS program for showing me some great things you can do with recycled trash.

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