Well I was pleased to hear today, after three years of dismay at what I thought was total lack of recycling here in Sharm, that apparently all our rubbish is indeed sorted and where possible, actually recycled!!!
Labour is cheap here, and for an unfortunate few, their job is to sort through all our trash, by hand, once it has all been collected. Whilst that in itself is a grim job, it is made all the more difficult because in our ignorance, none of us separate our rubbish (well, to be honest, I had thought it was all thrown into the same landfill... so separating would have been totally pointless).
Well thankfully that is not the case, so we can do our bit to help out, and it is worth separating our rubbish. Bottles, paper etc in one bag, organic stuff in another and dangerous chemicals and batteries in another. It is the latter that causes the main problems at the moment, as once chemicals contaminate organic waste, it cannot be fed to the animals.
Ok, so your trash will still all be collected in one big lump, but then taken to an area behind Rowasatt, where the sorting and sifting takes place. And by separating your rubbish, you will be giving them a helping hand. And enabling more of the rubbish to be recycled rather than burned or buried. ;D
Ah don't worry, before long you'll all be so into the recycling bit that you'll have to have fifteen bins lined up to separate your junk.
Have you heard about that town in Japan where they are aiming for zero refuse. Apparently people have to separate their rubbish into 34 different types. Know the intentions are worthy, but can you imagine living like that??? It'd take hours out of your life simply throwing stuff away!!!
Ah the Japanese are just soooo ahead of their time.
I lived there in the mid 80's and even then, we had to separate our "dust". Which roughly translated meant that we had to throw bottles in one bin, paper in another and the rest in another. And woe betide anyone who neglected to do so!!!