ALEXANDRIA, Va.—On this week’s episode of Convenience Matters, “Convenience Stores Fuel Adventure,” NACS hosts Carolyn Schnare, director of strategic initiatives, and Britt Brewer, marketing director, talk with Colton Smith, host and producer of Rock the Park, about his adventures and pit stops at convenience stores.
For the past five years, Smith has been visiting national parks and forests to “show people the national parks in a different way. We take what we know about the national parks and put a youthful spin on it to show the experiences in these national parks and what they can do to your lives.”
As his travels take him frequently to convenience stores and gas stations, Smith talked about how challenging it can be to live a “sustainable life … in the middle of nowhere. … Most of the materials in our cars are things that can be recycled, but I can’t count the number of times I would go to a gas station and not see a place where I could recycle these easily recyclable items like plastic bottles and aluminum cans.”
Smith began looking into why convenience stores and gas stations didn’t offer recycling options along with trash cans. “With 40% of recyclable goods consumed outside of the home, and for most people, the most optimal time to clean out your car is when you’re pumping gas” it seemed to make sense that convenience stores and gas stations should provide a place to recycle. “The more information I gathered on this, [the more I realized that] this is a very achievable thing we can do.”
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