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Talking Trash: VGF Mystery Tour


vgfwm group“Do you see it?” the bus driver asked. “We don’t know what we’re looking for!” chorused the 26 Village at Gleannloch Farms residents on board. The intrepid group did not know where they were headed, just that they had signed up for a “Mystery Tour” and were about to arrive at their destination.

Susan Pruitt, tour organizer and VGF Lifestyle Director, decided to call the outing a mystery trip “because I thought no one would want to get on a bus for a trip to a recycling plant!” Susan arranged for the bus to transport the VGF independent living residents to  the Waste Management Recycling Center (WM) at the Gasmer Recycling Facility in Houston, following  a stop for lunch at a “mystery” restaurant  (that turned out to be Luby’s).

The tour of the recycling plant was led by Sherrell Cordas, an expert with lots of information about the process of recycling, including how and what can and should be recycled. It also turned into an objet d’art tour.

Take a look at the photo of a wall that appears to be a forest of trees. That mural-like installation was made from over 3,500 National Geographic Magazines.

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There is also a “robot” made from recycled plastics, and a very kitschy chair made out of bottle caps.

Bottle cap chair

Bottle cap chair

Robot made from recyclable plastics

Robot made from recyclable plastics

The ceiling is all old CDs and another wall is just a creative collection of items in various stages of recycling.

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CD ceiling

CD ceiling

Just about everything in these photos is made from material that was on its way to the landfill or the dump.

Everyone who went on this excursion is still talking about it and agreed that the magical mystery tour was about the coolest day trip ever … no rubbish!

The Village at Gleannloch Farms in Spring, TX,  a Lutheran Social Services’ senior living community, offers the full continuum of care including: independent living apartments and cottages, assisted living apartments, memory support residences and private skilled nursing suites.

For information, visit or call 877-312-2140.

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