A not-so green Games.
I spotted this recycled cardboard furniture at the aquatics centre. It's also in all of the athletes' rooms. Seems like Guad organizers are hosting an environmentally friendly game right?? Not so much. There's no recycling.
There's an impressive collection of plastic water bottles in my hotel room. I haven't been able to find a recycling bin so I just toss them in my backpack and bring them home at night. Yesterday I learned why.
Apparently: Guadalajara isn't doing the recycling thing at this Pan American Games. This is exceptionally unfortuante considering the amount of bottled water everyone is drinking. (I know. I know. But this is Mexico. At home I'm faithfully on the tap.)
The issue came up Saturday when a group of officials from Toronto were touring the athlete's village. A City of Toronto staffer asked how they're handling waste and recycling. The answer was simple: stuff goes in the garbage.
What else is interesting is that the Games seems to be making other efforts to go green. The furniture in all the athletes' rooms, as well as furniture at some of the venues, is made of compressed recycled (so they say?) cardboard. It's supposedly being donated afterwards?
I feel like they should have skipped the cardboard furniture and sprung for some blue bins.
Toronto's organizing committee promises the Big Smoke will be taking a different approach.
A silver lining I suppose: I've never realized how conditioned I am to recycle. Other Canadians I've spoken to about this are also struggling with some serious Mother Nature guilt. So that's a good thing right?
In the meantime, I wonder what customs will say to a suitcase full of plastic bottles... Any former or current Guad locals out there have any suggestions?
(IN SPORTS NEWS: Toronto was in 3rd place overall when I left the main press centre this morning. The US is in first, with 57 gold and 156 medals overall. Next is Brazil, with 26 gold and 68 in total. We're right behind with 18 gold and 66 overall. Mexico is fifth with 16 gold and 56 overall.)