Today I’m off on weekend camp. I’m really looking forward to it. I’m part of a patrol with 6 other scouts. With two other patrols, four leaders, a pile of tents, ropes and ruck sacks we’re going camping on the Scout Estate Zeewolde.
Our leaders report to the reception in Fort Zeewolde. They receive a lot of instructions, two baskets, a bucket with lid, and a briefing on the where the carts, the fire stove and the fire wood is stored.
We quickly pitched our tents and started with pioneering.
At lunch we get out our packed lunches. Our leaders have bought milk which means we have to get out our mugs from the camp boxes. Next we need to find an answer for the empty lunch bags and milk bottles.
As usual we have a waste bag at the end of the pioneered table. But where to leave the baskets and the bucket?
On the labels we read in text and images:
- for metal, drinking boxes, PET-bottles and other plastics
- for paper and glass
- for organic waste
We look at our waste. The lunch bags and the bottles are place in a basket, the bread crust goes in the bucket. The bucket is closed with a lid to keep out birds and other animals. Pretty neat actually.
In the afternoon we go rafting. I got a bottle with water from home which I craftily take with me during the rafting.
Quite hungry we return from the water. Quickly we go to our kitchen and start work. Soup for starters, potatoes with green beans, a sausage and apple sauce, and to round things of yoghurt and custard, now that’s a gourmet three course meal. Yum.
The soup is canned. The leaders read through the waste instructions again and tell us that the cleaned cans and drink boxes go into the second basket. All organic waste needs to be deposited in the bio container, but first it goes into the bucket.
One of the scouts cleans the cans while the soup is slowly heated. Pealing and cleaning is easy when doing it with three. In no time we sit at the table to eat.
With the dessert we end the meal. Clearing and washing up we again do together. The empty yoghurt boxes need to be cleaned out and then go in the basket, just like the apple sauce jars. I also put my empty water bottle in the basket. All paper is taken of and put into the other basket.
The waste bag is still quite empty, the baskets are filled to the brim.
Two scouts walk to the environmental alley. It is open from 8 am to 10 am and from 7 pm to 9 pm.
It is located near the Fort where we reported when we arrived. It actually looks quite nice with all the instruction signs telling where which waste goes. The signs correspond with the images on the baskets. So that’s pretty clear! There is also a sign telling what the waste disposal company does with the waste. Quite interesting to see what they will do with it.
All the waste goes into separate containers with a clearly identifiable lid. The cans go into boxes. These will be reused for something else like a rocket stove it says on the sign. That’s a pretty neat idea, maybe we can even do that ourselves.
Waste paper goes into a large container. Quite big actually, but luckily stairs are place nearby.
Plastic goes into another container. Wow, that’s a lot of plastic already. The PET-bottles go into a separate container. The sign asks ‘can we reduce this? Why not use a water bottle or drink home-made lemonade rather than ready-made soft-drinks’. It’s more healthy as well.’ Mmm, I should have brought a water bottle.
Within no time all baskets are empty and the waste is sorted. The camp staff watching us nod in appreciation.
At the new toilet facilities, which are nice and open, there are two containers: residual waste and paper. Uh, is that for the toilet paper? Ah, no, it’s for paper packing of course.
At the end of the next day we do another round. Now we also bring our waste bag which we place with the residual waste in the last container. Pretty neat sorting your waste, we’ve only used one waste bag and that’s not even completely full.
The ashes from the campfire are deposited in a special container the camp staff pointed out to us.
Then the camp staff comes round for the final inspection. We need to pick up some sweet wraps. Then we’re free to go home.