Ode to the “Trash Maven” (aka/Karen Fiedler)
Trash, trash everywhere – what can one tree hugger do?
Reduce, reuse, recycle – keep shouting ‘till your blue?
A volunteer collection with a divided trailer will do
It’s a starter, but a landfill ban would be much smarter
Maybe I’ll call a legislator or two
Reduce, reuse, recycle – hip-hip hooray!
With the new state recycling law the county can lead the way!
Glass and paper, plastic and tin – go in the recycle bin
With state grants to boot – and people that give a hoot
Let the sorters at the MRF begin!
Reduce, reuse, recycle – the message is catching on – holy cow!
Weekly pick-up, a handsome mascot – we are looking good now!
MRF markets are reaching new heights, three hazardous waste sites
The people demand it, the private sector will man it
A policy maker’s delight!
Reduce, reuse, recycle – the message is not complex
The MRF is making money now – let’s tackle yard waste next
Maybe that new tall guy can lead – after all, how hard could it be?
Just combine it with mining, and put up with the whining
And five years later, we’re a composting permittee
Reduce, reuse, recycle – form a coalition – it’s a must!
Let’s hire some tech savy interns, and make our web sites really robust
MRF tours, presentations, and schools going green
E-cycling, oil filters, and blue bins for free!
If only product stewardship would come to be
Reduce, reuse, recycle – the system is changing it seems
The blue bins are artful, but replaced by big cart fulls
The future looks like single stream
MRF rebates are big, but we need some new digs
Is a partner to the east just a dream?
Reduce, reuse, recycle – the Trash Maven is wearing a grin
A state leader for decades you’ve been, but you’ve decided to turn it in
With grandkids on each coast, it is there you want to be most
Of your work you can be proud, a big thank you from today’s crowd
Nothing but the best for you is wished, Karen – you will truly be missed
A new motto has been adopted for today in your honor:
Reduce, reuse, recycle – RETIRE!
Perry Lindquist, Land Resources Manager
Presented at Karen’s Zero-Waste Retirement Party
September 4, 2012
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