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The Newsstand The Quibbler April 2019 Discussion: Garbage!



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Greetings! As you may recall, the theme for March’s Quibbler was garbage. If you missed the March issue, never fear; you can check it out here!

You might be wondering why on earth people would want to sit around all day talking about garbage. Well, spring cleaning is fast approaching, and given that there are so many different ways of disposing of your trash, we figured that you may want to share. So, what are you waiting for? We would like to hear your thoughts on garbage!


Discussion Questions to Consider:

- What was your favorite article of this month’s issue and why?
- You have probably heard the saying, “one man's trash is another man's treasure.” Is there a time that you can think of when you found something in the trash and turned it into something more valuable?
- Do you think the world would be better if Muggles could vanish their trash instead of throwing it out?
- Are there some spring cleaning techniques that you would like to share?
- What spell do you think Muggles would use most often to help clean up their messes?


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My favorite article this month was the interview with Filch. It was spot on with the answers and as always, hysterically funny. I love the one word answers and when he slammed the door in the interviewer’s face. It was one hundred percent Filch goodness. As always, I LOVED the Dear Snape article. It is my favorite part of reading the Quibbler. It’s so sarcastic and beautiful although slightly less snippy than usual.
“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” rings very true for me. When I was small, up until now really although I try to control it, I would pick up bolts, nuts, coins, rocks, shells, random pieces of metal, basically anything I found interesting. My mom and siblings called them “Gracie Treasures.” I still have a collection. It’s mostly nuts and bolts but they remind me of happy times. Of course it would be amazing if Muggles could simply vanish their trash. It would make cleaning super easy. Why, everyone would do it. They would probably just use Abra Cadabra or Disapearo or any other made up spell. We could probably teach them Evanesco.
I am admittedly not the best house keeper. I like to fold clothes and dust but other than that, I’m just not very good. When I do clean, I do it in parts, that is, I pick one part of the room and I clean it. And then I pick another part and so on and so forth.


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I can honestly say I have never looked in someone’s actual trash. But if you consider things for sale at a tag or yard sale ‘garbage’, well then yes I have. I used to go to these sales looking for old calendars that had cool pictures. I would then use these to decorate my classroom. Through this I was able to expose my students to various artists and mediums.

I think the world would be a much happier and cleaner if this was possible. But since this cannot happen, I think that people should be looking for new uses for ‘trash’. I have heard some countries are turning their recycled plastics into a new paving surface for roads. This is not only a good reuse of something that would normally get thrown out, but is actually longer lasting and more durable than traditional paving options.

My number one tip for spring cleaning is that if you haven’t touched it in a year, either throw it out, give it away or donate it. With so many natural disasters happening around the world, a lot of what we no longer want or use could be very helpful to someone who has lost it all.

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- You have probably heard the saying, “one man's trash is another man's treasure.” Is there a time that you can think of when you found something in the trash and turned it into something more valuable?
I can't say that I've ever gone dumpster (or trash can diving as the case may be. I have rescued things from my families to be thrown out piles while we've been cleaning to use in various art projects or home decor. My current bed frame is fashioned out of some shelves my sister was going to throw away. It's now hosting my overflowing collection of books, so that's neat.

- Do you think the world would be better if Muggles could vanish their trash instead of throwing it out?
Assuming that vanish truly means vanish and not send elsewhere, then yes I do think that the world would be a better place. Our landfills are overflowing and a lot of the materials in them will not decompose, so it's taking up space that could be used for other things like more housing or open spaces. In addition, there are a lot of pollutants in our landfills and trash that has been tossed away that is damaging our ecosystems and the wildlife.

- Are there some spring cleaning techniques that you would like to share?
My go to method is "if it doesn't bring you joy, toss it out" followed by "have I used this item or even thought about it since I last cleaned" Obviously, if the item has sentimental value, I keep it, but I try to keep those contained to a single box so I have to be really really sure that I want to keep it around.

- What spell do you think Muggles would use most often to help clean up their messes?
I think any spell would be helpful to Muggles because there are very few that I know that like to clean or do so well. The only one I could think of specifically at this moment would be one to clean the sticky mess inside a fridge, but that may be because there's an unknown sticky substance in my fridge right now and I don't have the energy or strength to try and clean it myself.
 

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My favourite article this month was the attempted interview with Filtch. No only were his answers (or lack of them spot on), but I really liked the care that the interviewer took with cats. After all given Mrs Norris, Flitch should be in favour right?!

I cannot say that I have turned trash into something valuable, but I have taken care to recycle wherever possible. Maybe I could claim this as valuable to the environment.

I like the theory of vanishing trash, but what happens if you throw something out (or vanish it) by mistake, can it be recovered?!

Spring Cleaning.. for me is to be systematic. Set achievable targets and feel good achieving them. Also to take a day off.Personally I like to finish all my cleaning by the weekend. I don't store up my 'spring cleaning' ie clear outs, i try to do this every school holiday as well as the end of the year. Currently i am busy sorting through alot of book shelves and I find doing a little at a time is best!

If I had a spell.. it would be for cleaning the stains caused by rain on windows! It always seems to rain just as I have cleaned them!!!

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What was your favorite article of this month’s issue and why?

I enjoyed pretty much all of the articles this month. Who knew garbage could be so enticing! I always enjoy the Severus Snape advice column.

You have probably heard the saying, “one man's trash is another man's treasure.” Is there a time that you can think of when you found something in the trash and turned it into something more valuable?

I'm not sure about that. But my step-sister was going to throw away her Hannibal DVDs at one point. I always wanted to watch that show so I took them off her hands and watched them. Honestly, I'm in the love with the show and the fandom. Hand-me-downs are sometimes the best thing ever.

Do you think the world would be better if Muggles could vanish their trash instead of throwing it out?

Absolutely. As long as it doesn't just transport to someplace else.

Are there some spring cleaning techniques that you would like to share?

I often have something on in the background so I don't get too bored. It can make the task last longer but at least you'll get through that TV show you've always wanted to binge.

What spell do you think Muggles would use most often to help clean up their messes?

Muggles are complicated creatures. They would discover all these useful spells to help clear up their messes. But would be disheartened to find there is no spell to clean up past mistakes. And then they would just continue to throw trash away like they've always done.

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- What was your favorite article of this month’s issue and why?
Weirdettes of the Wizarding World. My reaction would have been the same. I don't want to touch anything that has held human excrement. Ugh, I can't imagine what kinds of disease would lurk in there. It was also a slightly amusing article...just knowing someone else would react the same as I would.
- You have probably heard the saying, “one man's trash is another man's treasure.” Is there a time that you can think of when you found something in the trash and turned it into something more valuable?
I don't look through other people's trash. There is a reason people throw things away. Clothing torn, electronics that don't work etc. You would have to give me protective clothing to go through someone else's trash. I don't even shop at second had stores.
- Do you think the world would be better if Muggles could vanish their trash instead of throwing it out?
That would be great. No more pollution...well at least the kind that would show up in garbage. Air pollution is a whole other problem. I hate seeing trash being blown about by the wind. It would so nice not to have that. It would also keep bugs and animals away..if some of the garbage was food.
- Are there some spring cleaning techniques that you would like to share?
I don't do spring cleaning. Things get cleaned weekly ( or daily depending on what it is...like dropping food) Why wait until spring to do something?
- What spell do you think Muggles would use most often to help clean up their messes?
Evanesco.( I can't think of any others that would be as effective.) It would be such a blessing to be able to get rid of an item so it doesn't show up in a landfill.
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As someone who finds it difficult to put the rubbish out myself due to my physical disability, I feel that I would benefit so much if I could use magic to help me do so. I would love to just be able to vanish my rubbish as well as casting spells to put the bins out.

The world would definitely be a better place if Muggles could vanish their trash. It’s despairing to see all these landfill sites all around us and it would cost the councils much less if we could just wave a wand and watch it disappear.

The biggest tip I have is if you don’t use something and it is still in good shape, donate it rather than throwing it out. There are others out there who might be able to make use of what you believe is trash.

I always try to encourage the Cub Scouts to reuse any rubbish they have lying around the house. When I was younger, I would make all sorts out of egg boxes, milk cartoons, etc. I would just let my imagination run wild.

I think that Evanesco would be the most useful spell Muggles would use. My biggest peeve is dog poop because, as a wheelchair user, it gets everywhere if you roll in it. What I wouldn’t give to be able to just vanish it in an instant.


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~What was your favorite article of this month's issue and why?
The Devil's Advocate!! I love listening/reading the absurd reasoning of other people. It's too funny, this article advocates throwing trash anywhere but the trash can because it will make smaller piles! 😂 It reminded me of my father telling my sisters and brothers he would come to their houses when they moved out of his and throw trash around their homes like they did his. Which he did! 😁 They had the nerve to be pissed 😆 This article made no sense but he was so much fun with plenty of laughs which I do so enjoy.

~You have probably heard the saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure." Is there a time that you can think of when you found something in the trash and turned it into something more valuable?
When I got my first apartment, a family member was throwing away furniture and a refrigerator, I took everything she had. lol Some member's of my family talked crap about me taking trash. I finished decorating and let a select few come admire my crib, so they could go back and tell the bums lol. I wouldn't let them come over or in my house 😈

~Do you think the world would be better if Muggles could vanish their trash instead of throwing it out?
No because were would their trash vanish into? Nothing or just wind up in someone else's yard or trash can, or worst on the street somewhere. Now if there was a control burn that did not let toxic fumes in the air, this might work. If Muggles barely care about where the trash goes now why give them more options to throw trash around?

~Are there some spring cleaning techniques that you would like to share?
I go through my clothes and if there is anything in good condition, I give to Goodwill (hats, dresses, jeans, shirts pocketbooks and shoes). I throw away things, I've hoarded that I know I have no use for anymore. I go through all letters and papers to see what I no longer need. I wash everything down, like baseboards, walls, woodwork, doors, windows (inside and out) sweep off the deck amd if needed wash and water proof. Dust and clean in every nook and cranny. After I finish cleaning I purfiy my house with Holy Water (sprinkle in every corner) and burn White sage incense in every room.

~What spell do you think Muggles would use most often to help clean up their messes?
"Scourgify, it cleans objects and I think the Muggles would use this one all day long rather than do any work themselves. lol Any little dirt this spell should do the trick.

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