You go on vacation to get away from life for a while and leave everyday tasks behind, right?  You don’t want to think about anything or do much at all.  What if I asked you to take the task of recycling with you on vacation?  Do I hear a big, “Ugh!!” or “It’s just a week!”?  I’d say I hear you….but think about how much garbage you can produce in a week (read “How Much Garbage Do We Produce?”) and will end up in a landfill?  With a little effort at the start of your vacation you can easily divert much of your garbage to be recycled instead!

I recently returned from a vacation in beautiful Lake George, NY where we rented an awesome house with great friends. As we unpacked and set things up I began to wonder if we’d be recycling – weird, I know!  Anyway, despite being really passionate about recycling I’m always a little concerned about imposing that on other people.  I’m afraid they’ll think it’s weird or a pain – or both!

Fortunately my husband is always good about breaking the ice for me by announcing, “So, Pam is obsessed with recycling just in case you see her digging in the trash this week!” – thanks, honey!  🙂  Okay so my husband’s loving comment actually was helpful and got us all talking about what we could and couldn’t recycle at the house, how we needed to sort things and what day trash and recycling would be picked up.  It also got us talk about Greenily – bonus!  🙂

Shortly after the quick recycling/Greenily discussion one of the dads disappeared for a while.  Upon his return to the group he proudly announced to me (and showed off!) his awesome, incredible job of sorting all of the recycling.  He had spent close to an hour – if not more – separating out all of the recyclables from the previous week’s renters into multiple bins!  It was so nice of him to do it and it really, truly made my day!  I really appreciated it!  By the way, his hard work is pictured above (wish I had a before shot too!).  On top of my being thrilled he also got a huge “thank you” from the recycling pick up guy!! Bravo!!

After that I felt more at ease about encouraging the group to recycle.  I felt so comfortable that I set up a recycling bin in the kitchen which ended up being emptied once a day or so.  Even the cans and bottles from the boat house made their way into the recycling bin!
vacationrecyclebin-001With 14 people in the house we generated A LOT of trash but so much of it ended up being recycled and not sent to a landfill! I know it sounds strange but it really made me happy – and I don’t think it drove anyone crazy!  🙂

Here’s to not taking a vacation from recycling!  Can’t wait until next year!


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