Trust and Dust sponsored the Avoriaz Mountain Clean up for the second year running a couple of weeks ago, and we all had another lovely sunny day for it
Armed with bags and rubber gloves, we caught the Lindarets express lift up (free of charge, thanks Serma!) and spread out like ants across the mountain, all scouring the ground looking for anything and everything that shouldn’t be there.
As usual we found a lot of small bits of plastic, along with cigarette butts, cans, crisp packets and things that had obviously fallen out of people’s pockets!
There are bins all around the mountain, normal ones and recycling bins too, along with special cigarette bins and free cigarette butt holders available at most of the lift offices. So there really is no excuse.
People on holiday can be a bit more ‘relaxed’ than when they are at home. Understandably, recycling is a bit of a chore and not something anyone wants to do on holiday. Also, because Morzine sees a lot of UK visitors, the French recycling way can be a bit of a surprise. In the UK recycling is collected from your home along with the rubbish, here in Morzine you have to take your recycling to one of the many recycling centres in town, along with your rubbish! Plastic and cardboard are recycled together and glass separately.
I’d like to say that most people in this day and age recycle, but unfortunately Trust and Dust doesn’t always see this. Often guests will leave their recycling with their general waste and we will spend time digging out glass and cardboard from a full bin bag, NOT ever an enjoyable task! Even worse, sometimes we won’t realize that recycling is in with the rubbish, until we hear the inevitable clang as the glass smashes when we drop it into the main bin.
So to encourage you all to recycle, both at home and in our beautiful resort (after all, we would like to still have snow in the years to come!) we’ve found 5 interesting facts about recycling…
- Aluminum cans can be recycled and back out on the shelves in 2 months!
- Still on the aluminum tip, it can be recycled over and over again, until the end of time!
- 60 % of the rubbish in bins could be recycled.
- Recycling just one glass bottle saves enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes!
- Plastic bottles can take between 400 and 1000 years to decompose.