The Munchkin’s school yard (in Mexico)

The Munchkin is attending Escuela del Mundo in San Pancho – a small town on the Mexican coast. Here’s a glimpse of her school yard.

“Look, Grandma, it’s made of all natural stuff.

Add a bit of recycling.

 

Dogs, cats, chickens, and a pig. Don’t worry, they only serve vegetarian meals.

The next door neighbour.

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Commercial support for recycling–good to see!

We window shop and shop shop often at the Bay Centre in Victoria BC. It’s close to the marina and Ogden Point where the cruise ships dock so the whole area is swarming with tourists and street entertainers and food carts and horse drawn carriages and pedicabs and…. Lively and entertaining everywhere you look.

Saturday this is what caught our eye as we meandered through the mall.

Commercial support for recycling--good to see!

 

Commercial support for recycling--good to see!

 

 

Everyone doing their part and maybe we really can clean up the mess we have made of our planet.

 

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Who knew the munchkin’s field trip to the dump would be so interesting?

I’m the designated driver for the munchkin’s school field trips. Some are more interesting than others, but who knew the trip to Hartland Landfill would be so fascinating?

Who knew the munchkin's field trip to the dump would be so interesting?

The site is huge with a gas-to-electricity plant, a recycling and salvage area, a yard waste area….

We tour the 400 acre site by bus and our guide explains that there are 82 categories for recycling – bikes are sent to be refurbished and given to charity – that the solar panels spotted by the kids are used to create electricity to run the water testing stations.

When we reach the “garbage” area, the kids (grades 3 and 4) are most impressed with the piles of mattresses and the huge compactor and the fact that 3 hawks help to keep birds away so that they don’t get sick from picking at the garbage.

Who knew the munchkin's field trip to the dump would be so interesting?

Google satellite view

The technology of the “dump,” as we called it when we were kids, is impressive. Significant measures are in place to reduce the impact of waste on the environment and the site creates enough electricity to power 1,200 houses.

Eventually, likely by 2049, this landfill will have reached it’s limit and will be re-purposed.

After the tour the kids participate in an activity bound to capture their attention. The guide dumps a garbage can of party left-overs on the table. Soiled paper napkins, paper plates, plastic cutlery, juice boxes, etc. She challenges the kids to work in groups to find ways to plan a party reducing the garbage and keeping the budget under $40.

Armed with a grocery store flyer and the list of items for a party of 10 kids they set to work. The groups list the things they can use from home: cloth napkins, metal forks and spoons, glasses and a cloth tablecloth and then “buy” the food.

Every group comes in under budget (the highest at $30.20) and with 11 to 12 garbage points. The original party left-overs clocked in at $64 and 49 garbage points.

On the way home, Grandpa, who didn’t bring his water bottle along, says he wants to stop and buy a bottle of water.

The munchkin reacts: “Seriously! After what you just saw?”

Grandpa waits until we get home to have a drink.

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Mastery of recycling

They’ve done it right in the tiny beach town of San Pancho, Nayarit, Mexico. It’s here that we find the home of Entreamigos.

Start with an abandoned creamery built in 1970.

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Add imagination, creativity, materials originally intended for the trash can and you get walls,

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an overhang for the office area (plastic pop bottles dipped in paint),

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and a tree,

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and a classroom door (to the original cold room),

 

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and lanterns,

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Put it all together and you have a community center–with a lending library of 10,000 books, areas for numerous arts and crafts, an indoor gym and an outdoor activity area, both offering space for a multitude of classes–all of which serves over 250 people a day.

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Kudos to the Entreamigos team.

http://entreamigos.org.mx/about-entreamigos-non-profit-san-pancho/

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Recycling

We’ve been recycling for a long time and the city we now live in promotes recycling. We go down with one tiny bag of garbage and several big bags for recycling of paper, bottles, glass, hard plastic containers, milk cartons, soft plastic, foil lined bags, and returnables such as beer cans and wine bottles.

We have a special container and bags that decompose for organic items which will be used for soil enrichment.

All pretty typical, until we ran across this when out exploring one day. Recycling at its best for the Food Truck Festival which runs all year at the Royal BC Museum, Victoria, BC. IMG_20150518_103516560

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And, yes, the food is delicious.