Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Accidentally Environmental Thing: Scrappin'

Junk Art Fish made with...junk
Explanatory plaque for Junk Art Fish
A friend of the family's, DD, has started on a new enterprise, hunting for scrap metal to sell for recycling.  So far he has been relatively successful; will have some pictures at some point (but please enjoy this Junk Art Fish from Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum in St. Augustine) but we went on a couple of scrap hunting and scrap selling missions, and it's labor intensive, let me tell you.  Remember seeing some fellow driving down your street in a pick-up, the truck bed filled to brimming with seemingly useless bits of broken items like bird cages and chicken wire and such?  That was most likely a scrapper, looking at your garbage piles for more bits of broken metal items to add to his collection, before taking the whole mess to the recycling center.  From the point of view of someone who was tangentially and vaguely aware that this sort of enterprise takes place every day, it's pretty fascinating.  I do know that my sweet, elderly neighbor has been collecting aluminum cans before recycling/trash pick-up days since she moved to our street almost 10 years ago.  She is retired and besides whatever she spent to buy her house, she is on Social Security and Medicare so collecting cans might help supplement stuff like...food.  And so it is with other forms of metal scrapping.  It's time-consuming, labor-intensive work but it helps people make extra money and inadvertently helps the environment by moving perfectly good scrap metal to the recycling plant rather than the landfill.

Like I said, I'll have some pictures at some point, but wanted to take some time to talk a little bit about metal scrapping and scrappers.

Note: As it has been pointed out to me, repurposing junk into art objects is not the same as scrappin', though.
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