Cathy and the glass ball

The big cause of the little ball of fire: to help nature survive.

Cathy is four-and-a-half but proudly says she’s almost five. She likes to be the center of attention. And is extremely curious. She’s asking questions all the time. “Why is the sky blue? Why is the grass green? Why do we put glass in the green container?” From an earliest age she has known that paper should be put in the blue container, plastic, into the yellow one, and glass, into the green one. Everyone in Cathy’s family takes care of nature. And they collect waste separately, disposing of it in the color-coded containers. No wonder then that in her last walk in the park Cathy saw something that seriously upset her. A group of teenagers were singing and playing guitars on a bench in the park with beer and other glass bottles strewn all around it. Without a moment of hesitation, the little girl goes up to them and tells them in an adamant tone: “Boys, you know where these bottles belong, don’t you? There’s a green container right there.” She turns on her heels and goes back to her game of questions and answers. Astonished by the daring of the little blond ball of fire and shamed by her resolve, the young people simply pick up their things and their trash, throw the bottles in the container she showed them and walk away.

A loud crunching noise comes from the container. “What’s going on there?” Cathy wonders. Because she can’t peer into it, she puts an ear to the wall. The sound becomes scarier. She’s about to run away when she hears, “Hey Cathy! Thank you!” The voice comes from something green that is smiling at her above the container. “Who are you? And why are you thanking me?” the girl asks. “I’m Stukloyad. I live in the park and feed on the glass bottles that people throw into the green container. Though it had been empty for a long time, until you made those boys fill it up.  That’s why I’m thanking you. Friends?”

“Friends,” Cathy says and glances smugly at her brother. “What did I tell you?  Every good deed is rewarded.  There you are – I’ve got a new friend, Stukloyad.” Cathy knows that when disposed of in this way, the bottles are recycled and turned into new useful things – bottles, glassware, decorations. Like the magic green ball she has. She gazes at it and finds out all kinds of things – when it will rain, when the flower in the living room will bloom, what gift she will get for her birthday. That ball is so special because it has been made from the bottles that Cathy and other children take pains to throw into the green container. She may be young, but Cathy is already living with a cause: not to allow glass to pile up in the sea where they may hurt the fish, the dolphins, the children. To help nature to survive.

One of the games she likes best is to test her granddad about the things that are recyclable or not. She already knows that light bulbs, window glass, broken mirrors or glass plates should not be put into the green container. Because they are made of a different kind of glass which is not recyclable like bottles and jars.


Stukloyad and his friends Hartoyad and Plastoyadka and characters from the puppet show “A Tale of Brave Little Empty-Bellied Heroes”. The Fairy Tale Theater – Sofia has just completed its spring tour of 9 cities - Botevgrad, Svoge, Tutrakan, Pleven, Pravets, Panagyurishte, Teteven, Peshtera, and Strelcha. The initiative came from Ecopack and the tour is organized jointly with the municipalities. For five years now the puppet show has been showing children in kindergarten and elementary school the harms of environmental pollution, as well as the benefits of separate collection of packaging waste and its recycling.


Did you know?


  • The use of recycled glass to make new glass products requires 40% less energy.
  • Not all glass objects are recyclable – electric light bulbs, mirrors, windows and plates, for example, should not be mixed with bottles and jars if they are to be recycled.

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