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earth-158805If you’re used to recycling in your home country and you see it as one of your responsible civic human duties on behalf of the environment and us all, then you’re in for a bit of a rude awakening here in Mexico. Don’t expect to throw your plastics and such in a blue bin and leave it on the curb for the city to pick up and deal with accordingly unless maybe you live in a particular area of Mexico City, (el DF). And let’s not even get started with composting. In Guadalajara, recycling takes a bit more effort, kind of like the old days. Your author still has fond memories of digging through condominium complex dumpsters collecting aluminum beer and soda cans as a kid with his buddy Josh. The two of us would haul black trash bags as full as we were big to the town’s garbage transfer station where we would turn in our treasure for cold hard cash. It’s been a long time since I’ve done anything of the kind. In our last home city, we here at discoverGDL had become accustomed to putting our recyclables in designated bins and leaving them out for the city to deal with. And back there the list of recyclables was ever-growing. Here in Guadalajara, we take our recyclables to one place that covers the full gamut of material and is here in the city proper, and we carry the recyclables there ourselves.