I stood in line and watched as trash rolled down the chute and along the conveyer belt in front of me. A horrible stench filled the room. It was Community Service Day at our school, and I had volunteered to work at the city’s recycling center.
When we arrived, we were all assigned a task. Mine was white plastics. I stood there for hours, sorting through the pile of trash and picking out all the white plastic containers.
Although it wasn’t a very pleasant job, I’m glad I got to do it. I got to learn a little more about the recycling process and to see what happens when people choose to recycle. Instead of ending up in a landfill somewhere, these trash items were going to be recycled and reused. That’s part of taking care of our Earth. We can help by recycling what we can.
Did you know that Ellen White was a recycler too? Instead of throwing away old clothes, she found a way to reuse them by making them into rag carpets. She wrote, “Nothing that can be utilized should be thrown away” (Child Guidance 135).
Next time you’re about to throw something away, ask yourself, “Is this really trash?”