This is the Swap Off portion of the recycling day my little burgh puts on twice a year. Unfortunately, I ran out of memory on the camera, so it's the only shot of the day I have.
I decided to volunteer this time, working in the Drop Off--Small Stuff section. My job was mostly sorting sneakers that would either be recycled into athletic flooring or donated to Goodwill. I also sorted plastic bags, making sure that it was the "stretchy kind," with no foil, paper or other materials tossed in with what was handed over.
The official results aren't posted yet, but I do know we recycled 13 bags of sneakers (each bag containing 13 pairs) to be recycled and had 5 carloads of plastic bags to bring to Whole Foods. They send them to a recycling company that makes outdoor deck material.
It was just a small amount of what got taken in, but it was pretty impressive to think that this was just a percentage of our town who brought what was likely just some of the waste that's generated. The mountain of styrofoam was particularly awesome (as were the high school kids who made a great game out of breaking it down, stuffing it into clear bags and seeing how high they could throw it up on the pile).
When you throw something away, it goes somewhere.