Our first thought... we can't fit in all in.
FILL THIS DUMPSTER IN FOUR HOURS
Twenty seven students and neighbors decided they could. This dumpster has a 40 cubic yard capacity.
Piles of holly have been building since the beginning of the year. Blackberry cane has been piling up along the city right-of-way since last September.
Here is how we did it...
It sounded like a swarm of giant termites.
We had to cut piles of holly down to little pieces, reducing the volume by 50%. It's amazing what 20 pairs of loppers can do in the hands of determined volunteers.
Piles had to be moved a little at a time. We started by dragging them behind a truck then discovered piles that big were too hard to get into the dumpster. So it was hand carry/drag and good conversation.
Several methods were tried. It's easy to get the first pile in. But then came the test: can we build the pile to the ceiling?
Bigger piles were tried after we found a "best Way" to stack the stuff.
How about a really big load? Notice how relaxed some people are? Others felt it the next day!
Strength and will... and a few people on the other side who volunteered to get "buried" then climb out over the top.
Photographer Teppei Sato has covered every event this year.
By popular demand the next BBQ will include our own invention... hamburger on a butter croissant. Didn't Have those this time and people noticed.
Bothell High School Earth Club and Honor Society: what a force. You have seen some of them in previous stories. Thanks all of you for helping. It would not have been completed without you.
Thank you. You all did a magnificent job!
Our future director will remember the day he helped fill this box to the top!
Waste Management Inc. for donating the dumpster.
Cedar Grove Compost for receiving 40 cubic yards of plant material.
Clearview Starbucks Coffee Shop
The Rose Foundation for the Grassroots Grant which enables our expanded stewardship.