Today we took a field trip. We thought we'd share some of what we did:
Our first stop was the landfill. Papa, for one, was very interested in visiting the Placer landfill
because trash and recycling are thrown out together in Placer County (no
sorting or curbside recycling). He wanted to see how efficient the
separation process really is because he feels weird about "throwing
away" his recycling.
We took a full tour.
A magnetic conveyor belt separated most of the metal products and a worker did the final sorting.
Whatever was not separated (or was missed) was taken to the landfill.
Thoughts from the participants:
Grace: "At the landfill I learned that it really smells. When they crunch a bunch of aluminum together the cubes are sold for $5000 each!"
Sophia: "If you put your hand in the compost long enough, you can burn your hand."
Eli: "There were rooms and rooms full of bales of paper."
Afterwards, we also visited the Discovery Museum in Sacramento where we saw exhibits about space and animals. Sophia's favorite part was the "Cosmic Cafe", where you got to prepare a healthy meal.
Eli's favorite part of the Discovery Museum was the electrically
charged plasma ball (he says: "if you are thinking about a Christmas
present: hint, hint").
It was a fun day.
Eli, Sophia, Grace, and Joey