I have lived in Denmark for more than 15 years. Recycling glass, paper, batteries, metal, old paint, obsolete computers was a sure thing. Every item has its bin. For larger stuff (called Big Garbage) the municipality organised a monthly pick up in each neighbourhood. People would gather their broken chair, wooden boards, plastic boxes, you name it, on the sidewalk by their home and wait for the truck to pass by. Some of us would go around and look for treasures among the Big Garbage, and more than once my friend would find something she could repair and repaint and redecorate and voupti a brand new item for her house!
Anyway, that was 20 years ago. Now that i am living in Beirut, my recycling urge has faded as there is no such thing in this country yet. At least i have been told that Sukleen (our famous green garbage men) gather everything and do not separate stuff. Nevertheless, my kids are recycling freaks and we tend to think twice before throwing something away. Even our Nescafe glass jars are re-used and filled with nick naks or rice, sugar, almonds, raisins…
So, i got very excited the other day when New Earth Organic and Eco-store in Beirut placed recycling bins for glass, paper and plastic outside their shop! Wow, that was so progressive (and 20 years too late?), and people have so far responded positively to that (at least on facebook!). Lets hope this project doesn’t stay a virtual one!
The Initiative is wonderful, BUT; the shop is difficult to access as it lays in one-way side street with zero parking possibilities. Imagine a Lebanese women parking 2 blocks away, walking back to the shop with glass and paper garbage to recycle!! Not in her lifetime! …But i will..
Start teaching your kids to think in recycling mode.. it could save some trees and keep some oxygen left for them to breath..
Here are some links for recycling batteries and plastic caps (for a good cause) in Beirut!
1. New Earth: http://www.facebook.com/ANEWEARTHSTORE
1. Bouchons Roulants (for recycling bottle caps): http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4354366&id=98503238294#!/group.php?gid=89915440810&v=wall&ref=ts
2. Beeatoona (for batteries): http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4354366&id=98503238294#!/profile.php?id=100000704146413&v=wall&ref=ts