Friday, May 28, 2010

One Man's Trash

Years ago while walking my girls in the stroller, I started picking up discarded cans and putting them in our recycle bin. Day after day, I couldn't stand seeing the same litter. Especially if there was a place for it. A place where it could be recycled and reused. Instead of being ground to nothing on the side of the road. And yes there was the odd nickel involved here as well. But no one gets rich picking up cans. Still it was a win win situation; less litter, more recycling.

Then it was pointed out, this trash holds a free hidden treasure. For two years we have been collecting flip tops and donating them to the Ronald MacDonald House in Springfield. The house collects the tops and sells them as scrap metal. The money goes to help the patients and their families that use their facility. It's win, win, win...

Last year, with the help of the Girl Scouts, the local elementary school and our parish we turned in over 25 gallons of flip tops. Our trip to Springfield is scheduled for early summer. It will be interesting to see how many we have collected this year.

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