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Recycling Is Beautiful

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Recycling is Beautiful

Continuing my celebration of Earth Day, this is one of my favorite photos.

From a distance it looks like an abstract expressionist painting, perhaps a collage of images cut from printed materials.

Look a little more closely at the actual objects.

Yes, bottle caps, plastic water bottles, plastic containers, green glass, amber glass, cans, lids, pull-tabs, little bits and pieces of the refuse of our lives.

I stopped at the recycling drop-off on a sunny August Sunday morning, and the pile of mixed recyclable metal, glass and plastic that had been crushed was in an outdoor processing area, as big as my house, glittering and colorful as a pile of gemstones in the morning sunlight.

3 responses

  1. Nice to know it’s all being recycled–AND that thousands of people actually took the time to sort it from their garbage and put it in the recycling bin.

    April 23, 2011 at 5:07 pm

  2. Scary scary…

    April 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm

  3. Jay

    Better to be recycled then end up in the fields and streams where animals could be hurt.

    April 23, 2011 at 12:28 pm

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