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We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Top Searches Top Searches WilkWest UnionYoung By Rick Houser-This may or may not be correct, but I think it is the truth. When I was young, I had never heard of the EPA or O- Zone and only in the large cities had I heard the word pollution. As a matter of fact in those days when the sun came up and it wasn’t raining, the sky was clean and as blue as any artist could or would have painted it. At night when you looked up into the sky you could see a big bright shining moon or thousands of stars and the night air was just as clean.Here is the strangest thing though. We had an incinerator that we burned all of the paper and cardboard that accumulated on our farm and in our house. Everything that was metal or glass or by-products of these items was stored in our summer kitchen in huge containers and at least four times a year we would load up the old pickup truck and haul these items to a “holler” on the farm and dispose of them. We wanted our farm to look clean and we felt that letting stuff like this to be allowed to pile up was wrong and would create homes for rodents and such.We would burn the paper products and spread the ashes on the garden because it was good for the soil. Since we lived on what I would classify as a ridge farm, there were many “hollers” as the farm had badly eroded back in the 1930’s when the previous owner had plowed the fields and then fell sick and died before the soil was ever sowed back to grass. My Dad decided it was a wise move to fill a “holler” with the metal and glass until it was full enough and then he would have a man with a bulldozer drive over that stuff, crushing it and then covering it with some dirt. Then my Dad would plow that area and begin to farm it and those spots added more acreage to our farm. By doing these two things, we added land to farm and enriched the soil and removed the waste that we were creating.Along with us were any and all farmers that were farming at that time doing the same thing. It seemed to be the right thing to do since farming had begun. That is until the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared that open burning and incorrect disposal of items was harmful to us all. Now I could see where in cities like New York or Cincinnati there could be a problem but on a farm way out on Fruit Ridge Road? That thought was just plain ridiculous, so we kept on doing what we had always done and nothing seemed be for the worse. You see country folk, who were mostly German in descent, can cause a person to be more than a little bit stubborn.I think it was the early eighties and my wife and I lived outside of Felicity and we were constantly told to hire a trash collector to pick up our garbage. At first I would still take the items to the “holler”, but after awhile that last “holler” filled up and Dad sold off the last of the old farm. We contracted briefly with a local trash collector but eventually we signed up with Rumpke and use them to this day. I incinerated for a couple of years but then there were a couple of new homes built next to us and that ended the incinerating days and the paper products went with Rumpke also.I think in the 70’s the change from metal cans and such changed over to the new way which was plastic. Now plastic won’t burn and it isn’t biodegradable so it won’t deteriorate either. so it couldn’t be tossed in the hollers”. With progress, the metal oil cans became cardboard and finally plastic, just like all of the items in the store and shops. If it was once metal or glass it became plastic. With this progress to big business came a step back to the farmer who really didn’t mind making his own self- disposal. With the progress came a change that is no doubt maybe one of the biggest in the history of man or at least in my life time. The invention of plastic. It can’t be denied.Today we don’t have the old garbage dump (aka known as the “holler”). That is kind of sad as I liked going there and looking over what we had decided had run its useful course and now had moved on to be useful one more time. These days we would see a lot of them on American Pickers and Mike buying an old bicycle and Frank buying old oil cans.Even the old incinerator was a place to visit and look through the ashes as there would always be something that failed to burn entirely into ashes or maybe a can that got thrown into the wrong trash can. Something I loved to do but wasn’t the brightest thing to do was to take aerosol cans and after the fire was going in full burn, I would toss a can in and run as far away as I could. Since our incinerator was made out of concrete block, it was fairly safe but when a can exploded it would sound like a cannon. (I was using my imagination you know.) My Mom would always come to the back door and ask me what made that noise. I always would say that I guessed it was a shaving cream can that got thrown in the trash by accident. She would respond with, “You must be more careful the next time” and I would respond with, “Oh I will Mom.”I don’t know for sure but as I think back on these chores we did I fondly remember those we made to be a little bit of fun, even if it was our garbage. The bottom line I guess is that when we were disposing of our own stuff what was on the farm never left again. Used properly all things can improve what you already have. Remember we all came from the earth and we all will return to the earth. Even the trash!Rick Houser grew up on a farm near Moscow in Clermont County and loves to share stories about his youth and other topics. If interest to read more of his writing he has two books for sale. “There are Places I Remember.” And “Memories ARE From the Heart”. To reach him just e mail him at [email protected] or mail him at P.O. Box 213 Bethel, Ohio 45106. 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