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    9-2-15 It’s great to have fun with your business, even if it’s trashy 

    The story in Whidbey Local’s Business Spotlight this week is about Island Recycling (

    They do a great job of recycling and reducing trash on Whidbey Island.  But, a visit to Island Recycling on SR 525 just north of Freeland is also an experience in humor. 

    David and Jill Campbell started the business in 1979.  It has now grown to a dozen employees, and I think it must be a requirement to be silly to work there. 

    When you drive in, you are greeted by numerous toy trucks, teapots and a selection of kids’ toys, statues, and all kinds of materials they decided to put on display rather than trash.

    Just about every employee I’ve encountered has a sunny disposition, as they stack and move stuff around. 

    When they take a break or have lunch in their little meeting spot, there’s lots of talking and laughing.

    Who knew working with other people’s waste could be so much fun?

    It struck me that having fun, wherever you work and whatever you do, must make work a lot easier and more satisfying.

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