Ode to the “Trash Maven” (aka/Karen Fiedler)

September 7, 2012 at 7:22 am Leave a comment


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!


Yours Truly,

Perry Lindquist, Land Resources Manager

Presented at Karen’s Zero-Waste Retirement Party

September 4, 2012


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