My Dad's Recycling Business

| 2/10/2014 3:50:00 PM

Country at HeartThe title is a bit misleading, because I doubt that anybody 50 years ago actually made a living recycling anything. That's probably because then, there just wasn't much that was thrown away as is true of our wasteful society today.

When we drank milk or soda at school, those bottles were immediately put back into the crates in which they came, and on the seller's next delivery trip, he picked up the empty bottles, and they all had to be accounted for. We never bought milk for home (which also came in glass jugs), but even those that were delivered to houses were recycled. So, for a long time, environmentally conscious citizens have recycled.

milk bottles 


We never saw anyone picking up used soda or milk bottles for recycling, and I'm not sure anyone did. However, there were some items that a resourceful and seeking person might find that could be re-sold – and scrap metal, tin and iron were some. People have always wrecked their cars or destroyed or worn out household or farm equipment made with iron or metal.

So, this is where my dad comes in. My dad was conscientious and resourceful. He was always looking for items that he could salvage and sell.