21 April 2011
Recycling at holiday accommodation
Next time you stay at a caravan park, unit or hotel, can you find any mention in the room of separating your recycling?
On a driving holiday from Brisbane to Coffin Bay in South Australia, we've stayed at all manner of accommodation venues. At nearly every place, there was nothing in the rooms or guest information about what to do with paper, bottles, cans and plastics. There was generally just one all-in bin in the room. At each place, we saved our paper and bottles and took them to the reception on checkout. Most of the hosts were bemused, but happy to take them and promised to put them into the correct recycling.
What worried us, was that many guests would simply put all their rubbish into the one waste bin. Imagine how much recycling is lost to landfill across all the holiday accommodation in Australia?? Perhaps the venues do separate the waste out the back somewhere - but I'm guessing that would be unlikely, plus it would be too late for paper that had since been mixed up with food scraps in the bin ...
We found only two places that did encourage the guests to separate bottles, and they were small operations in South Australia. I wonder if that has anything to do with the fact that South Australia has a bottle deposit refund scheme? If so, good on the venues for taking advantage of some additional income. It is interesting how some financial reward is a great incentive -- one that is long overdue in the other States of Australia.
That said, at the "eco-certified" Wilpena Pound Resort in South Australia there was nothing in the rooms about what to do with paper, bottles and cans etc. Again, just one bin in the room.
So this Easter, how about separating your recycling and taking it to reception on checkout? And while you're there encourage them to put recycling bins in the rooms or information on where to put the recyclables.
The above picture shows the bottle recycling bins at Southern Blue Apartments, Port Lincoln. There were bins under the sink in the room as well as outside in the car park. And on arrival we were asked to recycle - awesome.
Don't forget to take your water bottle and KeepCup on holiday too, so you can reduce the amount of recycling and waste in any case!
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Tracey Bailey is the founder of Biome Eco Stores and mother of two. After working in corporate communications and starting a family, she made a choice to be part of the solution to our planet's future and started Biome Eco Stores. Tracey is passionate about educating the community about living eco-friendly and sustainable lives through her extended product, chemical, health and environmental knowledge.