Saving the world...one trashcan at a time.

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Trash inspecting crew.
I came to the Galapagos with lofty plans to work with teachers and students in environmental education.   Like many things in life and South America, appearances can be deceiving.  The appealing volunteer blurb was really a cover for inspecting trash cans.  Yup, I paid thousands of dollars to search trash.  :)  My first thought was, "This is rubbish.  Literally." 

Hilarious.  Like most things, you just got to roll with it.  It's actually cooler than it sounds (although not that much cooler) because we wander the streets and get to go into the restaurants and hotels and poke around their trash cans to make sure they're throwing their recycables, organic material, and non-recyclables in the appropriate trash cans.  I think the job would be greatly improved if I got to carry a badge of some sort.  It's a dirty job but someone's got to do it! 
Even more hilariously, I was filmed in a PSA that will be shown on local TV about responsible recycling.  I'm almost a local celebrity! 

In true Galapaguean style, I scaled back my hours from mornings and afternoons to just mornings (and just the ones I'm not hungover or sick).

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Trash inspecting crew.
Trash inspecting crew.
Recycle man.
Recycle man.
Me and Lourdes on the beat.
Me and Lourdes on the beat.
Headquarters at the Municipial Off…
Headquarters at the Municipial Of…
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Municipial Environmental Office -…
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