Last week my trip to the airport went pretty badly. Actually, that’s not true. Things started going badly once I got to the airport. I was running a tiny bit late so I decided, since I was going on a quick overnight trip, that I would use the airport valet parking instead of parking offsite like normal. The problem was that once I was there they told me that it was full. I frantically circled around to the parking garage. Also full. I finally found a spot at the back of the second, farther garage, and raced to the terminal. Because this was a mid-day flight I was not expecting super long security lines. Wrong! The regular security line was not too bad but the Pre-check line was almost out the door. My flight was supposed to start boarding in ten minutes. So to say I was a bit grumpy would definitely be accurate.
As the Pre-check line inched on, I started looking around. The guy in front of me struck up a conversation, so we commiserated while we waited.The guy behind me had been busily typing on his phone, looking important and frustrated. After a particularly frantic bout of messaging, he reached into his bag for his water, took a couple of sips, then walked over to the nearby trashcan and threw it away, in the trash can that was literally attached to a recycling can.
Now, you may not know this, but I am a big recycler. I am the person that takes all of the water bottles home after a meeting because our meeting facility doesn’t have a recycling bin. I will take empty water bottles on the plane with me if the airport doesn’t have recycling. You get the idea. So when I see someone throw something into a trash can when it takes them literally no extra effort to recycle it makes me kind of crazy.
For people I know, I have no problem saying something. Or just going over and taking their bottle out of the trash and putting it in the recycling. When it’s a stranger I typically just seethe inside. But I will tell you, last week I was thisclose to giving him a piece of my (grumpy) mind. But even through the red haze I realized that it wasn’t appropriate to confront a stranger so I just turned around and ignored him.
I know that not everyone will go to the same lengths I do to recycle, but when it is literally zero extra effort please, for Pete’s sake, just put your water bottle in the recycling can!! It doesn’t hurt you at all but does make a tiny difference for our planet.
Readers, do you try to recycle when you’re traveling?
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