Garbage isn’t just garbage anymoreChildren learn the importance of recycling today for a better tomorrow BY CHUCK TUCK | JOURNAL REPORTER
With local and world population increasing, the importance of managing resources natural or man-made is of high importance to a thriving community.
On February 20 an impact was made on more than 40 preschool and first graders when they learned a lesson in the values of managing resources and recycling.
The children of Elim Christian Preschool and Highland Elementary School were visited by Waste Management Route Manager Chance Abbey and his collection truck to learn what a waste management person really does and the important role they play in a community.
Knowing the importance of recycling at a young age is vital to maintaining future recycling trends.
Waste Management’s Community Relations Manager, Katie Salinas says that recycling is a good environmental choice.
“It decreases our dependency on non-renewable resources and reduces the amount of waste that is sent to the landfill,” she says.
When children see their garbage and understand what recycling is, it amazes many of them where all the recycled materials go after it is picked-up from in front of their homes.
“Children are amazed by the concept that materials like aluminum cans and paper can actually be recycled and remanufactured into new products. Understanding what happens to your recyclables after they are collected and processed reinforces the importance of making the effort to recycle,” Abbey said in a statement.
It’s more than just putting a pop can into a recycle bin, it’s also knowing that you are spreading the word to other people that recycling makes a difference.
“We hope that the children we visited today are able to take home their reusable totes and begin a conversation with their families about what they’ve learned. By understanding the importance of recycling and waste prevention at school, these children have the potential to spread the word and help their family’s actions become more environmentally friendly,” Salinas said.
Knowing what to recycle can sometimes confuse people, but Salinas says that if you have any doubts, you should contact your local waste management company.
“You should check with your local hauler to find out exactly what materials are accepted in your City’s recycling program. Waste Management accepts cardboard, paper, plastic jars, bottles and jugs, aluminum and steel cans, and glass bottles and jars.”
Today’s waste management professional isn’t like your garbage man of 30 or 40 years ago.
Waste Management today, employs many different professions within its organization, offering a multitude of benefits and rewarding career opportunities.
“Waste Management employees nearly 1,100 people in Washington State and over 47,000 people all over North America. With an extensive benefit package and competitive wages, Waste Management is great company,” Salinas said.
“There are a variety of professional opportunities available at Waste Management that range from frontline operations and management positions in Accounting/Finance, Administration, Customer Service, Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal, Marketing, Operations, Public Affairs and Sales,” she added.
Children also learned some safety tips when they see a Waste Management truck on its route.
They are reminded that moms and dads driving their cars should be aware that trucks make frequent stops, and always follow at a safe distance with adequate room for breaking.
“Our Drivers work during early dark hours when many people are jogging, biking or walking. Be sure that you are visible with reflective clothing and stay well away from the truck,” Salinas said.
“Pedestrians should always make eye contact and wave at drivers before crossing a street, even if you are in a crosswalk!” she added.