Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 117: Colorado Conundrum

As a Californian, I'm very used to recycling everything possible, avoiding styrafoam containers and plastic bags, and composting organic waste.  Sacramento doesn't have as comprehensive a recycling program as some other local jurisdictions, but Mr. E and I are able to make choices to help keep our environmental footprint as small as possible and to "live lightly."

I often get frustrated when we're traveling and encounter other states or cities that don't share this sensibility and value system.  Even some hotels in California don't provide recycling bins in the rooms, and don't even get me started on the odd exception to the plastic bag ban that Chinatown in San Francisco apparently managed to negotiate.

I was pleased to see that my room at The Golden Hotel in Colorado does have a little recycling bin and that the city street-scape furniture includes numerous mixed recycling bins in addition to the garbage cans.  So I was very confused to see styrafoam containers and plastic bags all over the place!  Colorado is often regarded as a conservationist state that respects, protects, and appreciates its environmental and natural resources, and this anomaly about the foam and plastic creates quite a conundrum.


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