Traveling Green with Road Trip Recycling


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I just got back from the Catskill Mountains – and if it hadn’t been for my buddy’s awesome wedding, the notable absence of wifi and cell access would have been unbearable. It’s weird being disconnected now. So even though my Go Green tethers were cut, I still had my Go Green game face on.

I’m piloting a week-long family road trip in July, so my plan was to focus on road recycling. To keep it simple, I tossed a milk crate in the back and left with the best intentions. As the drive to Callicoon Center progressed, the bin began to fill up with all kinds of stuff: Coke bottles, Google Maps directions, a Fig Newton box, Diet Dr. Pepper cans, etc. This was easy.

By the time I got home on Monday morning, the crate had a fair amount of recycling in it. It’s weird thinking that a couple of years ago, I would have just tossed all of this road debris in a gas station trashcan. Now that I’m through the recycling looking glass, seeing those receptacles stuffed to the brim with non-trash is a little worrisome.

As I transferred my quarry from crate to blue bin, I kept thinking about what else I could have done. I think carbon offsets might be next. Maybe I can get that setup before the July trip. Anyhoo, happy green traveling everyone!

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