You have no idea how happy this sign makes me.
When we lived in a S&B (“sticks and bricks”) house, I was so proud that we generated only 1 13-gallon bag of waste each week while the recycling bin was often overflowing.
Since we started traveling full-time and lost our curbside recycling capability, we are generating a full 13-gallon trash bag roughly every 3 days. And, it stinks quicker because all of our food waste has to go into the garbage can as we do not have garbage disposals in RVs. Yuck.
Mama is not happy about all this waste! Anyone who has known me for a while knows I re-use stuff as much as possible, from buying used clothing to re-using plastic bags. All that garbage really adds up, and the planet is suffering.
image source: http://www.salon.com/2016/07/15/america_is_a_wasteland_the_u_s_produces_a_shocking_amount_of_garbage_partner/
The two campgrounds we stayed in for the 8 weeks we were in the San Antonio area did not provide recycling options. I checked around on San Antonio’s public works web pages and could not find a center that we could haul our recycling to, either. It pains me every time I throw a tin can, paper, or plastic bottle (WHY do they not have a deposit fee here to cut down on trash??) in the garbage. I just imagine those heaping “Mount Trashmores” getting higher and higher with all our unwanted crap.
But wait! Our current marvelous RV park west of Austin proper DOES have a recycling bin! I cracked a smile from ear to ear when I saw the lovely little circular arrows icon on the campground map. And marvel of all marvels, it’s a single stream which means no sorting and separating of cardboard from plastic from glass. Schwing!
Small potatoes to most people, but it made me like this campground even more. We’re on the wait list for the next two winters.
I wish you would have saidone something. Could have lent you my recycling bin and then you could have just dumped it in my recycling can anytime you were in the area. Also, I think you meant 8 weeks not 8 months. Probably were thinking 2 months.
Whoops! Let me fix that, thanks for pointing it out. Not sure borrowing the bin would have worked – we rarely came up to your part of town! I wish we’d managed to visit again before we left.
We spent a few weeks in a campground in Casa Grande, AZ. There were bins and bins and bins for recycling – all started and maintained by Canadians. Yea, Canada. But I do like your single stream; never heard of that before. You go, girl.
Yeah, Canada seems to be ahead of the US in a number of ways…
The garbage bothers me, too, and I really do miss the garbage disposal we had in the house. I keep the food waste in a gallon baggie, seal it, and put it in the freezer (take it out and add to it when I need it) and it goes with the garbage when we take it out. It’s not ideal, but it does keep down on the stink inside the rig. We’ve come a long way in minimizing our waste, but we have a long way to go. Dawn
We’re still considering a garbage disposal. We could install one, but we’d lose some storage area under the sink.
Love the S&B (“sticks & bricks”) acronym! We have recycling at our home, but they don’t take glass – and that never made sense to me. Being out on the road all the time, leads us to have to toss everything in the garbage too. It’s a waste for sure.
That is really surprising! I think glass and tin were the first substances recycled on a widescale basis.
This has been one of our biggest pet peeves since we’ve been on the road. We used to have a recycling can and a trash can in the house and we put 80% of everything into the recycling. Now we almost never have that option, and it really makes us feel bad. We tried separating our recyclables out and holding onto them until we could find a facility, but it quickly got messy and smelly and living in an RV, that just doesn’t work. We’re now in Austin too and surprisingly enough, our campground doesn’t offer recycling. In the most earth friendly city ever. Go figure.
I’ve seen outdoor bins with lids for sale, which I suppose you could tuck into the underbelly in between parks. But our underbelly storage is FULL, and we need to make room for more stuff. Maybe once we get more efficient it will be an option.
Know the feeling, the sinking in your gut when you have no where to recycle anything at all…Do miss my compost pail for the chickens:)
In my wanderings today I found the drop-off recycling station for Hot Springs, so we’re covered for a couple more weeks 🙂