In a joyful and good-humoured atmosphere, 6 to 8 year-olds from the SCC did drawings: they imagined monsters, witches and fairies to respond to the question: why all this rubbish in our living space? Where does it all come from? How? The main aim was to push their thinking and imagination to the frontiers of the real world. By creating myths and stories around waste, they were able to anticipate solutions, workable or otherwise.
Five groups of five children, flanked by volunteers from Apollonia and the SCC, were able to let their imagination roam freely. But a first difficulty soon arose: the children were very ‘down to earth’; they had a very tough relationship with reality from which they had difficulty in escaping. Nevertheless, some of the stories told brought out a few interesting ideas. Three main notions regarding waste appeared. First, the idea of self-rejection or rejecting other people that was perceptible in the stories told; for example where comic book characters hurled bangers into the dwellings of vampires to make them flee. Then came the question of responsibility. In many stories, there was a princess who didn’t listen to her parents and pretended not to see the waste bin for disposing of her rubbish. Lastly came drawings of a truly violent nature with opposition between two types of inhabitants, for example a princess attacked by a robot.