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A prediction: a new kind of resource mine…

As long as I’m out on a limb about picking up litter, I might as well venture out far enough to break the branch. (Some of my friends see this blog as lunacy so why not try to attain certifiable craziness?)

My three wheel push cart and I are often seen at a local municipal golf course, Renaissance Park. It was built atop an old landfill and there are pipes atop the dirt covered mountain of trash to syphon off the methane gas.

The bushy mound behind the green at Renaissance Park is the top portion of a landfill that completely filled a valley floor. The land was reclaimed as a golf course. Will there be further reclaiming in future years for this municipal golf course?

The bushy mound behind the 9th green at Renaissance Park is the top portion of a landfill that completely filled a valley floor. The land was reclaimed as a golf course. Will there be further reclaiming in future years for this muny?

There’s a lot of time to think as I chase errant shots and one thought occurs to me on a consistent basis: ‘What will we do with all this trash?’

Just think of what we’ve purposefully buried. Decades of plastic and other potentially recyclable materials. All just lying there amid organic materials long since decomposed. With shelf lives of hundreds of years – if not longer – that’s a hell of a lot of resources that have gone to waste.

As mankind eventually runs low on fossil fuels, we will be forced to prioritize – oil for transportation vs. oil to make products. (Knowing us, we’ll want it both ways.)

So here’s my prediction: Renaissance Park and every other dumping ground for our wasteful cultures will become rich new mines of resources we can’t do without. Entrepreneurs or governments will figure out that the very thing we need is right under our noses. What was covered with dirt will be uncovered.

Who knows, maybe they’ll find Jimmy Hoffa, too.

About Dave Bradley (260 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; one on 15 years of writing a weekly letter to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility. I'm a writer by trade and both endeavors are accepted practice for me. As for the letters, my adult children Ellen and Reid may have seen letters as corny at one point, but it's accepted practice for them, too, to find something in their mailbox other than bills and junk mail. Email and texting don't do a lot for me for a lot of different reasons. Snail mail has its place in the communicative world so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for 'Pick Up Your Path' and the environment, I advocate what citizens can do themselves to take a direct hand in their neighborhood environment. But Pick Up Your Path is also a general environmental blog. It may be largely about litter and trash, but both of those are just one element of the total environmental picture.

1 Comment on A prediction: a new kind of resource mine…

  1. Reblogged this on Melanie Bennett and commented:
    Very nice pic, Thank you

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