While steel castings are not widely used in building construction, there are some instances where they have been put to good use
. One example is the development of a modular connection (Fig.
Paper, plastic, bottles, cans, batteries, light-bulbs--can the daily storm of debris generated by a facility be managed and put to good use? Through an imaginative recycling effort, Sharon Health Care Center, an 88-bed United Methodist Homes skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Sharon, Connecticut, has tamed the tempest by implementing a facility-wide recycling program that incorporates an additional environmentally friendly twist--they recycle water.
Watching the paper, plastic, and other detritus of daily operations being put to good use, Skip Dunn, a volunteer who, twice a week, handles the daily passing of water pitchers to residents, pointed out another unrecognized wasteful habit.
With a little creativity, "junk" can be put to good use
. Use coffee cans to hold crayons or pencils; use empty baby wipe containers as cases for dolls and play figures, beads or other small toys; turn plastic laundry detergent scoops into sand shovels; start seeds in yogurt cups or egg cartons; make a drum from empty cornmeal, salt or oatmeal containers; or stock a play kitchen with clean, empty food boxes.