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Warsaw recycles

9 March, 2012

Every few days, I take a walk to a nearby street corner.

The purpose of this short walk?  To empty my bag of recyclable materials.

And yes, it’s every bit as exciting as it sounds.

a collection site for recyclable materials

Depending on where I lived in Chicago, I either had access to my own building’s recycling bins, a neighbor’s bins, or just the alley in general, where many items, if left long enough, would disappear on a metal truck or otherwise vanish.

In Morocco, our town did not typically have trash bins, and there were definitely no recycling bins.  Both your trash, in a mika, or plastic bag, and whatever recyclable materials you might have, were left at the side of the road at night, and neighbors typically designated one spot as the drop point.

In the early morning hours, a garbage crew would come around to take the trash.  The recyclable materials had usually been claimed by industrious folks who could repurpose the empty 5L water bottles or occasional cardboard boxes.

While I’ve never seen anyone collect the trash from my building’s dumpster, or the recyclables from the collection points on the corners, they have always noiselessly disappeared by the next time I return.   And that seems fitting somehow; they’re just quiet pieces of my life here in Warsaw.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 9 March, 2012 21:30

    It’s funny that you posted this because Jacob and I just had a discussion about garbage and recycling. We live next to a garbage hill and he wanted to know why the garbage had to go there. I told him that garbage doesn’t just go away and that’s why its important to recycle!

    If no one picks up your trash now, where does it all go?

    • 9 March, 2012 21:32

      My guess would be the Bermuda Triangle.. haha, no, seriously.. just an ambiguous sentence that I will now edit.

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