With the end of the school just around the corner, many of us are planning a summer vacation. Traveling or staying in new locations can challenge our typical recycling habits. But with a little planning, you can still keep your paper, bottles and cans out of the trash.
On the Road Again
Once you've loaded up the family vehicle with clothes and electronic gadgets, add a bag or stackable bag-lined container to stow bottles, cans, paper, cartons and other recyclables. Teach sustainability to the kids by getting them involved with finding the recycling bin at wayside rests, public parks and even some gas stations.
I'll Fly Away
Many airports, including Minneapolis/St. Paul, provide recycling bins both inside and outside of secure areas for paper, cans and bottles. Some airlines have in-flight recycling programs for paper, plastic and aluminum, though this can depend on recycling programs at the destination airport. Ask your flight attendant if they are recycling - if not, carry your bottle, can or magazine off the plane and find the nearest recycling bin.
Once you are at your hotel, ask the clerk at check-in about the best way to recycle items from your room. If you can't recycle at your hotel, seek out the nearest public recycling bin. Better yet, do a little research before you choose hotels and restaurants. Web sites such as www.istaygreen.org rate hotels' eco-friendliness based on a comprehensive 70-point survey.
Choose to Reuse
Whether flying or driving, bring along reusable water bottles, coffee mugs and shopping totes to reduce waste.
Earth911.org has more tips for sustainable car travel at http://www.earth911.com/news/2011/09/27/plan-environmentally-friendly-road-trip/. Find more information on recycling here.
What do you do to reuse or recycle when you're on the go? Please share your tips in a comment!