A good bit of dialogue with a few customers regarding source diversion of recycling has presented some interesting issues. The biggest is the accountability of each person in the household to get the stuff where it needs to go. In most houses the garbage is typically an open area for everyone who lives in the house, including guests. A one stop ‘all garbage place’ appears to be the simplest solution. Under the sink, behind a door, beside a desk are common places to put it.
In a recyclers house, the questions begs: ‘where is the place I put these?’ This often results in a hunt, frustration and a passive arrival at the garbage can. Unless the recycler is extremely organized and disciplined, even the best intentions can end with failure. We all have had, at one time or another, issues relating to tidiness and clean environments. We all know how hard it is to keep our cars and rooms clean of dust and debris. Just when we think it’s done, something else begs for attention.
The solution is single stream recycling, one place where most of the stuff can go. The rest is garbage. What does this look like in the average household? Blue bagging is presently the most popular method for my customers – Blue bag Paper, tin, cardboard, plastic, glass jars. Box board, Styrofoam, Food waste, Clothing, contain separately.
There are numerous items that are thrown out daily that can be recycled:
Reduce carbons, become an active recycler, be part of the solution. Questions and solutions welcome.