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Green Living on the Road: Recycling and Composting

Green Living on the Road: Recycling and Composting

Tiny homes and green living seem to go hand in hand. After all, smaller houses mean less stuff, and less stuff means fewer resources being used. That said, there are some difficulties involved with living and traveling in an RV while attempting to hold onto an earth-friendly lifestyle.

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One of the things that many RV travelers find difficult is the responsible disposal of waste. After all, many campgrounds only provide trash dumpsters, and composting while traveling is something most people would consider impossible.

In this post we are going to address these issues and—hopefully—offer some solutions you can use to live a happier, more eco-friendly life.

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Indoor Compost

When they think of composting, most people think of big piles of dirt and worms in the back corner of a yard. Therefore, not many people even consider composting as an option when deciding to RV full-time. That said, composting actually is an option, and a very viable one at that.

In order to compost in your RV, you will want to purchase or make an indoor compost bucket and put several inches of dirt in the bottom of it. Add some shredded newspaper on top of that, and you have your base. From there, you will want to add any fruits or veggie scraps you need to get rid of, followed by a handful of leaves or shredded paper. Mix it all together and continue adding all of your produce scraps and paper or leaves on a weekly basis. Be sure to turn your compost over regularly, and watch for it to turn black and dirt-like. When it does this, it’s ready to be added to a garden.
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Of course, most RVers don’t have gardens. Therefore, you will need to find a place to put your compost. Some great ways to do this include offering it to your campground, giving it up on Craigslist, or donating it to a local school or park.

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Recycling On The Road

Not everything can go into the compost bin. Luckily, recycling is also an option. If you happen to be in a campground that has a recycling bin, that’s great! Take advantage of it.

If, however, your campground lacks any sort of recycling option, you will need to find other ways of recycling your paper and plastic waste. Earth911 is a fantastic app that can help with this by helping you find recycling facilities in your area. Other options include calling the local city waste management to see where they accept recyclables or simply holding onto your recyclable items until you hit a campground that has a recycle bin.

Composting and recycling are two wonderful ways to reduce your footprint. Why not use these tips to find a way to work them into your on-the-go lifestyle?

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Chelsea Barron

Chelsea has the amazing opportunity to take part in full-time RV living and traveling with her tiny tribe. She homeschools her five-year-old son as they travel, and takes full advantage of their unique situation by using the entire world as her son’s classroom. A group of total Disney fanatics, Chelsea and her family often find themselves in the Orlando area in order to visit the Disney parks, but they have also visited over 25 of the 50 states with plans to see many more along the way. No matter where her travels take her, Chelsea enjoys riding bikes, gazing at beautiful sunsets, finding new coffee shops, Irish dancing, and sitting around a campfire with her family. Check out her blog Wonder Wherever We Wander.