Anyone who knows Bridget is aware of her superhero status. She runs an amazing business with a noble mission. She is an artist. She is a philanthropist. She is passionately loyal to her family and friends. She cooks gourmet meals, lays tile, hangs drywall, and xeriscapes her backyard all with a child strapped to her back and before lunch. I don’t think she has slept in about 4 years. I have photo evidence that she can fly. She can drive a trash truck, people.
Story creation is my passion. I love exploring an idea, digging into characters, and, if everything aligns right, making people laugh. So when Bridget asked me to help her make the video for Green Girl, I was stoked. Not only would it be a chance to help put together her story, but I would get to follow her around and see firsthand just how she does it. I’ll admit it, I would get a chance to snoop.
We started out at the Green Girl and Green Mountain Recycling Warehouse. My partner in this production, the lovely, edgy and super-talented podcast specialist Megan DiLullo, and I followed her around as she explained how the various components worked. She showed us how secure paper shredding works. She showed us her hoards of Styrofoam peanuts that she finds a way to give new life. She showed us her trucks, her containers, her neat stacks of materials all lined up and waiting to be recycled.
Later, she took us to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) to show us how the materials get sorted. We watched as people picked through milk jugs and colorful bottles whizzing past them on conveyor belts. We watched one of her trucks make a drop-off (thanks, Matt!) and eagerly collected every square inch of footage we could get from the mountains of cardboard, aluminum cans and bottles within the facility. At one point, we were even escorted off the premises (OK, run off) by a man driving a zippy little vehicle, carrying loads of materials from one place to another. It was fantastic. We were officially like rock stars in her wake.
From there I followed her and her team around as they did commercial pick-ups, residential pick-ups, and event pickups. I even followed her up to Nederland where I caught her on camera as she set up to collect recycling for the Frozen Dead Guy Days, an act that alone has ensured her sainthood with the amount of, um, accoutrements that must be sorted out of the recyclable materials after such an event.
Truly, the knowledge she possesses about recycling and what happens to each and every material is enough to make the average person’s head spin. And throughout it all, her passion for what she does shines through.
If you haven’t watched the video yet, I encourage you to do so. It’s a peek into the world of recycling and the journey Bridget has taken to build Green Girl into what it is today. Following her around and listening to her story may just be one of the most amazing experiences I have had in my life, and truth be told, I’m exhausted. The woman is pure energy.
Erika Rae is the founding editor of 2 Cups of Copy, which provides professional writing and social media services to businesses and individuals. She is also nonfiction editor and contributor to The Nervous Breakdown.