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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in Homesteading.

For this BB, you will be cleaning up messes made by prior owners or tresspassers (2 points per cubic yard)!

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Clarifications:
  - not piles of dirt, topsoil, gravel, rock or other natural materials
  - not fallen trees
  - must be cleaned up in an environmentally responsible manner

To document your completion of the BB, provide the photos or video (<2 min) of the following:
 - the area(s) before being cleaned up
 - part way through cleaning up
 - the area after cleaning up
 - description and picture(s) of the number of cubic yards of mess cleaned up
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Location: NW Washington - Zone 8a : 10 to 15 (F)
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I purchased the adjoining property and spent about a year cleaning it up.  I took many dump trailer loads of recycle metal to be recycled.  Total weight of recycled metal was 50,736 lbs (14 loads of 7'x14'dump trailer = ~98 cubic yards under estimating at 2' depth) - not including the 9 vehicles or load of metal pictured above that were recycled.  Almost an equal amount of garbage was also picked up and disposed of - a total of 43,620 lbs to be exact (15 loads of 7' x 14' dump trailer = ~105 cubic yards under estimating at 2' depth).  This included nasty stuff like creosote logs that had to be chopped into short pieces to be accepted by the transfer station.  This weight didn't include a few dump trailer loads of containers of unknown chemicals that went to the hazardous waste collection center, as well as over 400 tires that went to a two different tire recyclers.

Dump trailer loads of garbage (and pounds in each):
11/4/2018 4,220
11/5/2018 4,920
11/6/2018 2,820
11/10/2018 4,740
11/17/2018 5,020
11/18/2018 7,060
11/20/2018 4,580
11/21/2018 2,100
11/25/2018 1,900
12/2/2018 2,900
12/15/2018 1,440
12/26/2018 220
12/28/2018 420
1/17/2019 700
9/14/2019 580

Tire recycler dates:
11/26/2018
11/29/2018
1/4/2019

Dump trailer loads of recycle metal (multiple entries on the same day are a single trip, but weight separated by type of metal):
11/7/2018 3,340
11/8/2018 2,400
11/19/2018 2,700
11/20/2018 6,220
11/28/2018 1,920
11/30/2018 3,260
11/30/2018 125
12/4/2018 4,100
12/5/2018 7,780
12/14/2018 7,420
12/18/2018 10
12/18/2018 53
12/18/2018 10
12/18/2018 105
12/18/2018 6
12/18/2018 780
12/18/2018 800
12/26/2018 3,900
12/28/2018 64
12/28/2018 13
12/28/2018 276
1/17/2019 3,020
1/17/2019 3
1/17/2019 8
1/17/2019 3
1/17/2019 14
1/17/2019 5
9/18/2019 2,380
9/18/2019 1
9/18/2019 5
9/18/2019 3
9/18/2019 9
9/18/2019 3

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Before cleanup.
Before cleanup in the barn.
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Before cleanup.
Before cleanup in the barn.
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Before cleanup - one of 8 trailers.
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Part way through cleanup.
Part way through cleanup of the barn.
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Recycling cars.
Recycling 2 of 9 vehicles.
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Recycling metal.
Recycling metal.
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Recycling appliances.
Recycling appliances.
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One of many trips to the steel recycling center weigh scale.
One of many trips to the steel recycling center weigh scale.
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Repairing the barn.
Repairing the barn.
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The area after cleanup.
The barn area after cleanup, recycled rusty barn roof reinstalled as siding.
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Sorry for the random curiosity, but what was the yellow car on top of the Ford wagon?
 
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Charles Rehoboth wrote:Sorry for the random curiosity, but what was the yellow car on top of the Ford wagon?



Here is another shot of it. Not sure what it is.
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Yellow car.
Yellow car.
 
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Can you earn this badge cleaning up a mess on someone else's land/public land? I found that someone dumped a whole bunch of trash in the woods on publlc land, and I want to know if cleaning that will count for this BB.
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