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recycle centers

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Ron Pachter (rpachter)
Tue, 2 Dec 1997 21:16:21 -0500 (EST)

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We, too have a recycle center, The Reusable Resources Adventure Center.
Same type set up and stuff. We were spearheaded by a man who was involved
in one located in Boston. It's marvelous and we exchange goodies from ours
to others in Florida. We are funded mostly by membership--single, group,
school, etc. and completely staffed by volunteers. we've also had some luck
by providing kits to a group that helps troubled kids. I'm on the Board of
Directors. It's a nightmare job to keep it going, but it is an
unbelieveable source of great stuff. We all work to try to keep the supply
going. All art teachers are scroungers and natural at begging for junk.

Most companies are eager to give us the stuff so they don't have to pay
hefty disposal fees. We are always on the lookout for companies that may
have things to "dispose" of. Most times all you have to do is ask. Many
will deliver. Word gets around and publicity helps. One of the greatest
things we get for free is an almost unlimited supply of green foam circles
about 3in. in diameter and 2 in thick. They are the cutouts from the foam
company that provides shipping pieces to the local groves for orange
shipping. We get them by the truckload in big garbage bags. WE use them as
sponges as well as the endless lessons that can be utilized at all ages.
Another thing we obtained last year were cigar boxes from Tampa cigar co.
It's interesting the things that we get which are "local" in nature. I
don't know how I ever taught before having these resources!

Marlyn Foell

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