Reduce, Reuse, Recycle in 2011

30 Dec


It’s the end of the year, a time to reflect on the past year’s events, wish loved ones a happy year to come, and bestow onto Mother Earth millions of tiny pieces of papers.  No, the photo above is not a sad attempt to simulate the holiday season’s snow.  According to Argentine tradition, on the last work day of the year it is customary to throw all unneeded documents out of the window to create a fresh start for the following year.  This ritual, similar to that of an angsty adolescent graduating from primary school, is one of the more silly spectacles I have witnessed in this country.

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Not to make a whopping generalization about an entire group of people, but porteños aren’t the most environmentally sound individuals.  The downtown remains littered for the days following the grand tossing of papers, apparently cleaning up the wasteful mess isn’t part of the tradition.

Maybe Jack Johnson should hold a seminar on The 3R’s…

Majority of the photos from TN.com.ar

2 Responses to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle in 2011”

  1. Mariel May 30, 2011 at 12:48 am #

    Imagine that I live in Quilmes and I’ve never heard of anything like it! It’s probably only done in BA.

  2. the5thfloorba January 3, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    Doesn’t seem silly to me, more like the perfect excuse when the AFIP comes looking for your tax records!!!

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