Above, one of three mounds at the Seneca Meadows Landfill in Waterloo, NY, as seen from the west side of Seneca Lake approximately eight miles away (through a telephoto lens). Credit: Kevin Colton, HWS.

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Austrian Recycling

While visiting Austria, I took notice of their recycling habits. In almost every community, they have large recycling containers where people could drop off their plastics, glass and papers.
The difference between ours recycling programs and the one there is that over there, they separate it themselves. As shown in the image to the left. The left deposit hole is for clear glass, and the right one is for colored glass. These deposit bins are also only intended for bottles and jars. The top row of images depicts a bottle, jar and spray bottle of some sort. The bottom row which is not allowed in depicts drinking glasses, light bulbs, coffee mugs, window glass, and vases.

There is also a curbside recycling project where recyclables plastics and bottles are put into yellow bags. I do not know if they reuse these yellow bags, but I do know that Austria produces less waste per capita than the US.

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