What if you were given a 2000-pound dinosaur for your birthday? What if you received another one on your next birthday? And the next?
This is the scenario that Audrey Sciuto frequently poses to children.
Sciuto is an educator at The Garbage Museum in Stratford which was built by the Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority (CRRA).
The Garbage Museum features "Trash-o-saurus," who is made from 2000 pounds of salvaged materials - representing the amount of waste a typical American throws away each year.
Though children who visit the museum are often enthusiastic about the idea of receiving a few "trash-o-saurus" of their own, they eventually ask: Where do I put them if they don't fit?
That's exactly the problem according to Sciuto.
Connecticut currently produces more trash than in-state disposal facilities can handle. As a result, the state must ship over 300,000 tons of waste each year to more expensive out-of-state landfills.
"We are the lazy, wasteful people," said Sciuto. "[Americans] have too much too easy... that's the problem... easy coming, easy go."
"It's got to change," she said.
Entrance to the museum is free for the general public. Inside the museum, the main area resembles a preschool play area. Unlike museums which make visitors observe from a distance, children are encouraged to touch the exhibits, play, and perhaps learn a bit about recycling while they have fun.
Adam, 3, said his favorite exhibit was the "cave [with] bugs." Though Adam may have been too young to realize it, the "cave" is actually a larger-than-life composting pile which teaches how earthworms ("bugs") are nature's recyclers.
Although the museum was originally named The Children's Garbage Museum, it draws people of all ages - having attracted 31,174 visitors in 2007 alone.
By going upstairs and walking down a corridor, visitors can get a bird's eye view of what goes on behind the scenes in a real recycling facility which is connected to the museum. There they can observe mounds of materials as they are sorted before being shipped to manufacturers.
"Recycling was fascinating - maybe more so than the exhibits," said one adult attendee.
While driving through the area, he and his wife had seen a sign for the museum and so they decided to take a look.
"Fascinating how they in actuality... recycle," he said.
Eventually, the museum will put up artwork by college students made of recycled materials, said Sciuto.
"This is the first time colleges have been really psyched about [the museum]," she said. "The original director set this up for preschool, for kids... that's why it was a children's museum... We kind of got away from that."
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