Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-22-2012, 02:09 PM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
nick_gee's Avatar
 
2011 28' International
Stillwater (last known) , United States
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 20
recycling on the road

File this under rant : I've only been on the road about 11 weeks and am finally getting around to seriously recycling again. The issues are obvious: where to stow things and where to dump them. I was spoiled by Waste Management: they took plastics 1-6, metal and most paper (plastic coated food containers not ) . .

But what burns me is : are RV'rs in parks where there are recycling options total chowder heads? People can't read the LARGE signs on the dumpsters as to what is TRASH and what kind of RECYCLING materials are accepted? I've been in at least three parks in between the east coast and now Malibu where options are there. And basically nobody, nobody is paying attention. . .

If I continue full timing, am I going to get just as moronic? thank you for letting me share.
__________________

__________________
nick_gee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2012, 03:39 PM   #2
Moderator
Commercial Member
 
eubank's Avatar
 
1967 30' Sovereign
Bosque Farms , New Mexico
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 6,427
It happens all the time here. We have recycle bins here at the office, but whenever I take trash down to the dumpster, I open it up and see all kinds of stuff in there that should be in the bins. Duh.

When we're on trips, I just store it all up in plastic bags in the truck and bring it all home. That's usually easier than trying to locate bins on the road.


Lynn
__________________

__________________
WBCCI 21043
eubank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2012, 03:55 PM   #3
Rivets?
 
nvestysly's Avatar

 
1992 29' Excella
2010 22' Interstate
Van By The River , Georgia
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 1,522
+1 on the rant for people who don't pay attention to the containers. It seems any container is suitable for any item - item in hand (trash) - container with opening (glass only) - throw in trash.

I'd like to add to the rant that many locales don't seem to care about recycling. We travel around for weeks sometimes before we encounter a suitable recycling center. We look for recycling centers, we ask for recycling centers, and many just shrug and say "we don't recycle." What gives? I guess the economic part of the equation is missing in some areas. I can understand that in remote parts of the country maybe. But relatively major metro areas are sometimes out of touch.

Lucius
__________________
nvestysly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2012, 04:04 PM   #4
Wise Elder
 
Jammer's Avatar
 
2010 30' Classic
Vintage Kin Owner
South of the river , Minnesota
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 4,119
Hi Nick

Welcome to the forums. It's good to see more people here from Minnesota.

While a broader discussion of the benefits of recycling could be off topic, I'd like to note that some people question whether the net environmental benefits (except for aluminum) are as great as the conventional wisdom would lead us to believe. These differences of opinion may help explain differences in the enthusiasm for recycling among travelers.

In general we do not separate trash while traveling because we do not have the space to do so and because the availability of recycling, the materials accepted, and the cleaning/separation required, varies widely among campgrounds. We are not in a position to wash empty containers to facilitate recycling if we are without full hookups because water conservation takes precedence.
__________________
Jammer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2012, 04:26 PM   #5
3 Rivet Member
 
Mojave's Avatar
 
2011 16' Sport
Tofino , British Columbia
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 102
We have the same frustration when on the road. Most of the time we end up bringing our recycling back home. It's a shame there really aren't many receptacles at rest stops and parks. If we are on longer trips we try to find Whole Foods along the way - they usually have a recycling area near the deli.
__________________
Mojave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2012, 05:39 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
SteSpot's Avatar
 
1968 28' Ambassador
1982 24' Airstream 240
Ventura , California
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 1,641
Images: 17
I feel your pain

Last summer we were on the road for 3 months and we are used to separating our trash from recyclables but it was almost impossible to do it on the road......seems as though we must have more trash here in CA and it is imperative that we recycle or we are going to be buried with trash. Guess some parts of the country have more dumping places....paula
__________________
Paula & Ed
Suite Spot
WBCCI # 8252 Air#13593
1968 28'Ambassador
2011 GMC Yukon Denali
1982 24'Motorhome (82Ste P)
SteSpot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2012, 06:12 PM   #7
2 Rivet Member
 
nick_gee's Avatar
 
2011 28' International
Stillwater (last known) , United States
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 20
gee - I struck a nerve! and Jammer: I fully understand the ambivalence here - there are a lot of good arguments for recycling being strictly an exercise in 'feel goodness' in light of the massive volume of crap being generated - which is why the arguments for reduced packaging, etc are to be considered. . .cheers to all. . .and thanks for letting me r a n t
__________________
nick_gee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2012, 06:37 PM   #8
Rivet Master
 
Skater's Avatar
 
1995 30' Excella
Bowie , Maryland
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 2,344
In my experience, not that many campgrounds have recycling. This number is growing, though.

We bought a small cloth box (it's perhaps 10"x10" - it's one of those that fits in the cube furniture...it's either this or one very much like it). I put a small trash bag in it, and we use that for recyclables. We have it under the sink, behind the regular trash bag that's mounted on the door. Works great, and now I don't feel guilty for not recycling the cat food cans or my soda cans.
__________________
1995 Airstream Classic 30' Excella 1000
2014 Ram 2500 Crew Cab with Cummins 6.7L Diesel

Sold but not forgotten: 1991 Airstream B190
Sold: 2006 F-250 6.0L Powerstroke Supercab
Skater is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2012, 07:00 PM   #9
3 Rivet Member
 
50KIP's Avatar
 
2009 19' International
Woodinville , Washington
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 191
Images: 1
While boondocking at Quartzsite, AZ in January I noticed an unusual activity: Recycling recycled material. The BLM has several trash and recycle bins throughout the La Posa Long Term Visitor Area. At any given time there are "dumpster divers" going through the bins and collecting aluminum cans. I don't think they were doing it for the environment but for their own green project ($). There is the whole spectrum of society camping in the desert in the winter.
__________________
DonS

"It's like magic, only real"
(Bud Light commercial)


Women and cats can do as they please, while men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.(R. Heinlein)
50KIP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2012, 08:27 PM   #10
2 Rivet Member
 
2011 23' International
clovis , California
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 86
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jammer View Post
Hi Nick

Welcome to the forums. It's good to see more people here from Minnesota.

While a broader discussion of the benefits of recycling could be off topic, I'd like to note that some people question whether the net environmental benefits (except for aluminum) are as great as the conventional wisdom would lead us to believe. These differences of opinion may help explain differences in the enthusiasm for recycling among travelers.

In general we do not separate trash while traveling because we do not have the space to do so and because the availability of recycling, the materials accepted, and the cleaning/separation required, varies widely among campgrounds. We are not in a position to wash empty containers to facilitate recycling if we are without full hookups because water conservation takes precedence.
Well said!
__________________
jgerardi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2012, 08:38 PM   #11
Huh?
 
Ultradog's Avatar
 
1975 27' Overlander
Twin Cities , Minnesota
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 494
Images: 8
Somehow I think the planet will survive if a few cans and bottles don't make it into the recycling bin.
But if you are that concerned about it then you might just have to live with a few bags of stinky trash in your midst untill you get home again.
I quit recycling at home several years ago. My own little way of protesting a whole lot restrictive, petty laws that have been enacted to govern our uses of our own property.
The final straw was when I was chewed out by the MN DNR for mowing down a few cat tails by the edge of the swamp on my land. That was the day I decieded to defy those who think they know everything better than I.
I suggest you have a second look at your priorities and toss a few morsels with a clear conscience.
__________________
Ultradog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2012, 08:54 PM   #12
Rivet Master
 
clancy_boy's Avatar
 
2003 22' International CCD
Kiln , Mississippi
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 2,780
Images: 8
Recycling for us begins at home before we even leave for a trip. I once was at a submarine base for work and I watched the food supplies going aboard. They stripped everything they could down to the lowest single packaging solution. Cereals were stripped down to the bags as an example. We do the same for camping, this leaves lots of the recyclables at home for our recycle bin and reduces our environmental impact while camping. Plastics are what I feel at the greatest problem, most are put into reusable containers (dish soaps, eggs from the cartons (those are only bought with cardboard packaging anyway) and shampoo) mostly to save space and we buy in bulk so the original containers are large from the stores. Glass items are environmentally neutral but an energy waste in the recycle program when you do not reuse them.

I wandered around a little in our plan, the basic theme is to recycle when you can at home and enjoy the road and do your best then when you can. You cannot make up for what others do so I ignore their waste.
__________________

__________________
Michael & Tina with Layla and Preston BZ
The family has grown.
2003 22' INTERNATIONAL CCD
clancy_boy is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Doing full monte on my '58 Traveler Chlyman 1958 Traveler 77 06-13-2013 08:36 PM
vinyl coating on interior walls Tenacosteve Upholstery, Blinds, Walls & Interior Finishes 6 09-18-2012 05:33 AM
02/12: New Tire Discussion on Woodalls: LT versus ST and more. slowmover Tires 128 04-10-2012 06:09 PM
Where is the check valve located on the rear airbags? Mr. D Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 5 03-26-2012 10:41 AM
Should I worry about rust on my hitch? loislane Hitches, Couplers & Balls 28 03-25-2012 01:54 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:41 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.