Thursday, May 7, 2009

Big Garbage Day--A Backyard Observation

Big garbage day comes on the first Thursday of the month in my neighborhood. Regardless of my own history of incredible finds in other people's cast offs, I have become more and more mystified by the paradox of some what is being thrown out. I first started thinking about this a few months ago when all three houses in the dead end across from my front garden put pink plastic playhouses out for pick-up.

Eager to give their children a safe and fun backyard experience many well meaning parents purchase plastic toys and play equipment which are inexpensive and plentiful in the marketplace. Even if these toys are made with recycled plastic, they are ultimately not recycled. Parents who normally recycle, are environmentally aware and have switched to refillable water bottles don't even consider the impact of these toys on the environment their children will inherit once the toys are outgrown and tossed out.
The oh so common and (bleck!) cute turtle sandbox (photo via Little Tykes) below, along with easels, lawn mowers and plastic basketball hoops, racing car beds, and yes, another playhouse were on the curb this morning. Every single one was in good enough shape to be passed on to some other child instead of ending up in the landfill.


bumblebee said...

summit has a flea market in their township recycle center this Saturday between 8 am and 2 pm. last week i picked up a perfectly good drafting table, some old plates and dishes for my mosaic. one can drop off any thing that can be reused. their advertisement came in the local magazine, newspaper and their were fliers.

Susan aka Miss. R said...

Thanks for the heads up on the Summit flea mkt!

chloe said...

In my neighborhood someone would have scooped up those treasures for either resale or their children. I hope this is a wake up call to others. Will put you on my blogroll. Enjoyed reading your blog and hope you will consider adding me to your blogroll.