The notion of recycling is foreign to this part of Georgia. Perhaps they're on to something.
Here all refuse gets tossed into one bag, the way we all used to do it in the simpler 'good old days.' This is worrisome to many visitors. Most of us labor to comply at home. We toil to fill bins according to direction. But look around America a bit and try to find two cities that recycle the same way. This is what is most confounding — the lack of any national standard in spite of the good faith efforts of millions of Americans.
Of the few places I know well, from a recycling standpoint, no two share recycling policies. In Nantucket, my favorite to dis, there is a genuine double standard: when you recycle from your home to a trash collector, you have two categories of separation only: metal/plastic and glass. If you don't have pick-up and go to the dump, you must separate all your plastics by the number stamped on the bottom; metal is on its own as is cardboard; glass goes into a dumpster all by itself and household refuse does too; newsprint isn't recycled at all. In Kalamazoo, MI, glass, metal/plastics and newspaper are all recycled. In Concord, we get to put all glass, metal and plastics together and, interestingly, compound containers like milk and juice cartons are recycled along with the rest, too.
So. If every community is doing it differently, how do our individual recycling efforts add up to an environmental boon? Or is this a Great Big Hoax played out on those of us who work to live up to (local) recycling initiatives because we believe in them?
These would be the same Americans who might find themselves in rural Georgia taking the High Road of moral indignation when they see that absolutely no recycling whatsoever is required here. But what if they — we — are just dumb lemmings? Here on the Bluff, folks can take their trash to the dump. And if they can't be bothered with that, they just toss it out of the car window. Littering, we've noticed, is a popular alternative.
Truffle: Georgia blue. Between the avid Georgia bulldog fans and the Confederate flag, red is the most prevalent color here. But it should be blue. Montana may be — is — Big Sky country but the clear air of low country Georgia produces the most extraordinary deep blue skies. Simply breathtaking.
Quote of the day: "Il fait aller voir." (Jacques Cousteau's personal motto — we must go and see for ourselves)