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Some good advice: Waste not, want not

Posted: October 10, 2011 - 8:37am

A while ago, I read the article about the man who owned Peninsula Small Engine Repair. He said in the article that he was going to close his shop because he wasn’t getting enough business, and his son wasn’t interested in taking on the responsibility. He said that when most people go out and buy a brand new appliance, they take it home and use it until something possibly goes wrong with it. Then, instead of taking it to get it repaired, they just throw it out and go buy a new one.

Unfortunately, appliances aren’t all that are being thrown away. My brother and I enjoy working on bikes that we find at the dump. Usually the bikes we find aren’t in the best shape. But sometimes we find bikes that are practically new. A couple weeks ago my brother found a freestyle bike at the dump that wasn’t even a year old. There was no rust and the paint was in very good shape. There were only a couple things wrong with it. There were some rips in the seat, and the rear rim was bulged out in one place. We replaced the seat, pinched the rim back together with a pair of pliers, and the bike was ready to go.

We also saw some office equipment that was being thrown away at the dump. There were several filing cabinets, some desks, a large conference table, and a bunch of older style computers. All of the stuff still had a lot of life left in it. The man who works at the dump told us that some people were cleaning out an office building so they could put it up for sale, and they were throwing it all away. We got one of the filing cabinets, but the rest of the things were thrown away.

I think it would be good if people would take useful items to places like the Salvation Army and donate them. They are always happy to get donations, and I’m sure someone would see the stuff and put it to good use. And if someone has an appliance that needs repaired, why not take it somewhere to be fixed? More than likely it would be a lot cheaper than buying a new one, and it would also support local businesses that are trying to make a go of it. 

John Boatright is a 10th-grade home-school student from Nikiski.

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