Claudia Marsales, a senior waste manger with the city of Markham, Ont., has been dubbed 'the Queen of the Heap' because of her zeal for recycling.
It started with a blue sock.
I pulled it off and realized it had a big hole in the heel. I balled it up and was about to test my athletic skill by attempting a long, basketball-style shot into a waste can when I paused.
Was that the right thing to do? Shouldn't my sock go somewhere else?
We recycle a lot in my community. I sort metal, glass, plastic, paper and cardboard for pickup. At my house, we compost tea bags and rinse out milk bags. I take batteries and electronics to drop-off points, along with cans of paint. And that isn't the end of it.
But my sock? Could that be recycled?
Research led me almost immediately to Claudia Marsales at the City of Markham, a senior waste manager so committed to recycling she has been dubbed "the Queen of the Heap."