This is a follow up on the recycling article by Eric Standing, in the Jan. 12, 2022 issue of The Journal.
Recycling was and still is near and dear to my heart. We did very much the same, growing up in Crosby. We grew up having very little money, so to recycle gave us a little change in our pocket.
In the early 1940s, beverage cans were made of tin and the metal dealer did not buy those. Pop bottles, however, were worth 5 cents and beer bottles, 2 cents, so we save all of those we could find.
Each on the 4th of July, my dad would give each of us kids 10 or 15 cents to buy fireworks. Maybe, later in the day, he would give us another dime. In those days that would buy an ample amount of fireworks. Yes, and also a quarter-pound candy bar cost 5 cents. You could also buy penny candy or a penny stick of gum. This gum was in a vending machine on the sidewalk, outside of a grocery store on Main Street. Put penny in, turn knob, out came gum.
My son and I still do recycling to this day, only it’s iron by the ton, brass and copper wire and aluminum, when you can find it, or salvage something, which sells by the pound. In today’s world, many people throw away resources that have value. That’s so wasteful.
Now let’s fast forward about 30 years to 1972, when I was a Boy Scout leader; scouting came out that year with what was called “Project S.O.A.R.,” which stands for Save Our American Resources. We in scouting were given a nice scouting patch, which had to do with the environment and our American resources.
To this day, I wear one of those patches on my summertime cap.
At one of the Eagle Scout Courts of Honor which I attended in Crosby several years ago, I gave two young Eagle Scouts one each of those patches, as an Eagle gift. I truly hope they saw the meaning and purpose of that patch and what it stands for. It means a lot to me. I prized that patch more than most others that I have.