As some of you may know for our last “What’s up with Jacob” post… Jacob is COMPLETELY enamored with trash, recycling and what happens when it leaves the home. Well, we are here to tell you- this hasn’t changed. Jacob has been on the move when it comes to trash!
We are trying everything we can to encourage Jacob to learn more. According to RE3.org, North Carolinians throw away so much trash that we could circle the earth TWICE. That is a whole lot of waste. While learning, we here at Jacob in Charge are being challenged to think twice about not only what we do with our trash, but how we make it through our purchases. Recycling awareness is on the rise and in 2012 alone NC trash decreased from 11.86 to 9.4 million tons.
As stated Jacob has been on the move when it comes to waste. Let’s see What’s Up with Jacob!
Jacob participates in a program called Ryan’s Bridge, where he has class and does volunteer work every Monday. The participants are always eager to get to Loaves and Fishes to do their community service. There are many tasks Jacob can choose while volunteering, but is favorite is… you guessed it… trash and recycling duty! Jacob LOVES to sort, collect and take the trash to the outside bins. During this, he always wonders where the items are off to next.
So last month, Jacob and Cassie had the privilege to have a private tour of the Iredell County Solid Waste Facility. With the help of our new friend, Jamie, we were able to get an inside look on what happens once the trash truck comes
During this visit, Jacob rode in a county vehicle through the dump. He was able to observe how the dump handles their waste. The Statesville Solid WasteFacility one of the last places your garbage will ever see. Typically they do one of three things with it. Most times trash is buried and left to decompose, which can take hundreds of years- to long if you ask Jacob! Trash is also burned at the landfill, when burned it creates ash and heat which can be used to generate heat. Lastly, and Jacob’s favorite solution, trash can be transferred to a recycling center where it gets turned into new goods.
Jacob is so thankful for this opportunity to visit, he is already talking about his next field trip- the recycling center.
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