One Person’s Trash is…Usually Recyclable

If there was one thing in this world that I wish everyone took just a little bit more seriously, it might be recycling.  If you know me well enough, you are probably laughing right now, but that’s ok because you already know I’m kind of a tree hugger.

Along those lines, if there was one thing that I think Spain has done totally right (not including wine and the siesta),  it just might be their recycling system.

Even when I first arrived here, I couldn’t help but notice the huge recycling bins that lined the streets.  They are color coordinated and labeled, it’s so easy a monkey could do it! 

Here’s an example of what they look like on my street.  The yellow containers are for plastic and envases, which basically includes everything from plastic bags, to aluminum cans, to milk cartons, and water bottles.

The green bubble is for vidrio, or glass.  Think wine bottles, jars, ect…

The blue bins are for papel and carton, aka paper and cardboard.

Some of the bins look like this:

The “bin” part is actually underground and at night huge trucks come and lift the whole thing out of the ground and into the truck…it’s definitely a sight to be seen.

After one has properly recycled everything, the organica bin (above in orange) ends up being everything well….organic.  Ours usually consists of egg shells, banana peels, and coffee grounds. 

But wait, it gets even better.  You’ll also see these babies lining the streets. 

Containers specifically for recycling used vegetable oil, as long as it is in a plastic bottle, of course.

Finally, we have my personal favorite…

Places to recycle used batteries!  It’s so smart, I’m tellin’ ya.

What do you think? Don’t tell me I’m the only one who thinks this is cool!

2 thoughts on “One Person’s Trash is…Usually Recyclable

  1. Endri also demonstrated that the yellow bin can readily be used as a public urinal. Which is a good thing, since you can’t just get away with using the sidewalk or any other spot over there.

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