What does ‘recycling’ mean? To most of us it means extra different coloured bins in your garden, or at your gate, and groans as you try to work out which item goes in which bin, and on what day.
What happens to the bins and their contents then, after collection? The contents are taken away, broken down to their basic components, and then re-used in the making of new items, yes?
But what happens when the things thrown away to be recycled are not consumer items, but valued people with valuable skills? At the Social Enterprise, ‘Recycle Fife’, in Lochgelly, there is no scrap heap for workers. In the absence of new apprenticeships, and in the context of communities where many families have known generations of joblessness, Recycle Fife has pledged to give a chance to those previously written off.
Even the disadvantaged and those in difficult life circumstances could have something to offer, and given the opportunity to do so.
The sense of purpose and confidence gained while in employment feeds back to the immediate family and ultimately to the wider community, of which we are all intimately a part.
Said Recycle Fife’s Frankie Hodge, “Therefore, someone being without a job is an issue that concerns us all, not just ‘the unemployed’.
People and their skills, underused elsewhere, have been put to work on thrown away materials, and together produced wonder.