LIVING GREEN: A new way to recycle: Voyager Recycle Sale

By Doug Schmidt

Grade 8

Students in Williston are familiar with the importance of recycling paper, glass and plastic bottles and cans, but there is another way to recycle—by finding ways to reuse items that you might ordinarily throw into the garbage.

Every spring, most people do spring cleaning and throw away a lot of things from their homes that fill up our landfills. By trying to find ways to reuse those items, we could have a dramatic impact on reducing what gets dumped into a landfill.

There is one landfill that services the entire state of Vermont. It is located in Coventry. It is permitted to accept up to 600,000 tons of waste per year. That is a lot of waste! A lot of the items you throw out don’t really have to be. If you make an effort to find a “new user” for those items, think of how much less garbage will end up in the landfill!

Some ways to reuse are to donate things to charity, to find online free sites like Feecycle or Craigslist to give things away.

In Williston’s Voyager House, each year we create ways to raise money to help pay for our end-of-year field trip. A couple of years ago we made the connection that it might be fun to hold a giant indoor garage sale to recycle items that families did not need, and sell the items to people who could use them.

There is an old saying that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” This is so true! Last year we were able to sell a lot of treasures and make enough money to pay for our field trip. It is a win-win for treasure-seekers, students and the environment!

This Saturday, March 29 is our Fourth Annual Voyager Recycle Sale! It will be held in the Williston Central School Cafeteria. Come shop 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Enter through the West Cafeteria Entrance. Donated treasures including antiques, housewares, books, CDs, records, decorative items, fashion accessories,

electronics, toys and sporting equipment. All proceeds will support the Voyager Field Trip Fund. Come shop, discover a treasure and help recycle some fantastic items!!!!