Thursday, February 17, 2011

Unabashed Aluminum Can Collecting


Our Adventure

Sunny skies, melted snow, and no lawns being mowed yet meant there were plenty of empty cans along our street route today.  All those shiny recyclables beckoned me to gather them.  So, after a nice long bike ride, I decided to be bold and pick up cans I spotted instead of hurrying home; I let my son pick up a few as well.  We counted our stash upon returning.  The boy: 7,  Momma: 17.  Then we washed our hands thoroughly as soon as we went inside.


Our Reasons

While we are never going to make a lot of money doing this, collecting aluminum cans has several important benefits:
  • it reduces litter
  • it conserves natural resources through recycling
  • it teaches children that earning money is hard work
I can also think of other educational opportunities that can collecting offers me and my kids.  We can:

4 comments:

Alicia said...

Cool! So where do you sell these/turn these in?

Aiming4Simple said...

We live in the center of our city, and there is a recycling center that buys aluminum cans just a few blocks away from our house. We've walked there once.

joyceandnorm said...

Wow, so many cans out there. A little sad. =( I'm glad you got to take an adventure, and help save the planet a bit too.

Jen said...

How fun! Playing a game with Mom and helping the environment!
We recycled cans for a long time, I still cringe when I see people just through them in the trash.
Have a great weekend!