May 21, 2012
Recycle, recycle, recycle!!!
I think we are all now doing it to some degree. It is even catching on in many parts of Mexico.
Here at Holiday Park Resort, recycling has become a huge thing, they have even won civic awards for what goes on here. We have an area for cardboard only, another for light bulbs, another for household batteries, another for normal glass and a huge bin for plastics. There is even an area for visitors to the park to drop off their wine & liquor bottles, soda cans, etc. if they don’t feel like returning them to the store, which one of the clubs in the park recycles and uses the money for the good of the park.
We of course have the huge dumpster for the rest of the stuff but here we go one step further. If you have something of some value to throw away it is usually placed in front of the dumpster giving someone else the opportunity to pick it up rather than send that item to the dump forever. Many people have recycled plant pots this way, bicycles, even food in its original package. I have seen wine racks, shoes, an ironing board, a toaster, lamps, you name and it has likely been out in from of our dumpster. The amazing thing is that most of the items are claimed by someone bringing their own garbage to the dumpster. Now that is true recycling.
With all the packing we are doing there is also a great deal of stuff being chucked but much less is finding it’s way to the landfill. We went to Rona to dispose of half filled paint cans. Canadian Tire accepted our various bits of oil in a few containers. Colin researched online on how to dispose of our hundreds of CD’s. He discovered that it can take a million years to break down CD’s and the jewel cases. Staples in both Canada and the USA will accept these and recycle them for you. Bet you didn’t know that.
This new home of ours is going to be as green as we can make it, from flooring, to hot water on demand, to the furnace, to finding low energy appliances, low E glass windows and whatever else we can find. Our world deserves our effort!