WHY DIDN’T I THINK of this earlier?
The idea didn’t enter my mind until the other day, when, as part of my morning chores, I shook out the rug inside the kitchen door and swept the underlying sand into a pile.
Could I recycle this sand, I wondered as I pushed it onto a dustpan and then dumped the granules into the garbage.
It seemed such a waste really to simply toss the sand that has been tracked into my house from gritty sidewalks and streets.
Think of all the sandboxes I could fill.
Think of all the money the city of Faribault could save on sand if every resident collected and returned the sand for re-use on roads.
Think of all the eroded beaches I could save.
Think of all the sandbags that could be filled to prevent spring flooding.
Think of all the sand I could give to the sandman.
Oh, yes, my ideas are innovative.
Maybe not practical. But, hey, I’m doing my best to think green and keep sand out of our landfills.
© Copyright 2010 Audrey Kletscher Helbling