Every fall I am honored to provide tours of the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority to many of the fifth-grade students in the State College Area School District. In October, more than 450 students got a firsthand look at our operation.
One thing I noticed during these tours was the volume and quality of the questions posed to me during their visits. Our students are very inquisitive and have even stumped me a time or two. I thought I would take some time this month to share some of the most popular questions and answers.
At the end of each tour, I have all of the students get on a scale and weigh the class. Most fifth-grade classes weigh just about a ton. I explain to them that if they were all placed in a refuse truck, the truck driver would have to pay our tipping fee of $67 per ton to drop them off as refuse. However, they would be worth approximately $1,600 if they were aluminum cans. Now that puts things in perspective.