The kind of material arriving at the Recycling Centre changes with the seasons. Summer is beverage container season. We have a bale of aluminum cans every week. Beer cans and bottles are returned for deposit every week to ten days. This past week there was more than seven thousand.
More fast food packaging and disposable eating items have been coming in. These cannot be recycled with the exception of plastic bottles, aluminum cans and the plastic specialty drink containers from MacDonald’s and Tim Hortons which are #1 or #5 plastic.
My trip to a family reunion took me through Saskatchewan, Alberta, Montana and a bit of British Columbia. I did not see many recycling bins in my travels although the one at the Coop gas station in Melfort was great. It prevented contamination by separating oil and antifreeze containers from the beverage containers and garbage. There is a picture on our Facebook page.
I went shopping a couple of times. I always have a bit of culture shock with the amount of stuff available in cities. My thoughts were “Someday all of this will be in a landfill somewhere”. The YouTube video – The Story of Stuff – has greatly influenced my perspective about consumerism. There is a link on our Facebook page.
We will be busy with recycling next weekend at the Blueberry Jam Music festival. Last year all our bins were there beside the garbage cans. We emptied them regularly during the weekend. Our truck was more than half full at the end of the event.
I was impressed that the bins filled up and that very few containers had to be rescued from the garbage.
Don’t take a vacation from recycling!