An example of an outstanding recycle program that works!
What do you see in this image?
What's the big deal?
Let me begin by saying that recycling does not look this pretty in my home town in New Jersey! Back there we have 3 pickup days: 2 days for garbage and one for recycling. It's a constant hassle trying to remember which day is which and which bin has garbage or recycle!
Not here! As you can see, both the brown garbage bin and the blue recycle bin are out on the street at the same day. There's no confusion as to which garbage bin is which. The bin design also helps load the garbage in the garbage truck a lot easier. Because there are thousands of identical garbage and recycle bins being used by every single home in this town.
These bins are everywhere
A successful example of recycling
There are 3 powerful forces at play here that encourage recycling:
- It is easy. As simple as load the brown bin with trash and blue bin with recyclables.
- Instructions are provided. The blue bin describes what can be put inside (recyclables, plastics #1 and 2, etc)
- Everyone is using them. And I mean every single house for miles and miles. I've seen 2 examples of other trash bins used for yard waste at 2 houses and I drove for almost 5 miles around town looking in awe at this miracle of recycling!
Get paid for easy recycling?
Getting paid for recycling is impressive
As a kid, I used to collect glass bottles and submit them for recycling for cash. This funded some of my petty purchases and was even fun! Finding a bunch of beer bottles was like discovering a treasure pile. Because recycling paid.
I have since then grown up and I doubt I would go out looking for glass bottles again, unless it is a part of some environmental cleanup program.
Seeing that the company actually pays for clean, useful recyclables made me re-live those childhood treasure hunting days. I think it's really great.
Please pass the word and help your town get a good recycling program! Keep treasure out of landfills!