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Create jobs AND resources?! How bout that! The biggest issue with recycling is the inconvenience in finding a place to put it.... so why not make the receptacle come to you?

The idea is recycling for people often on the go...... by this point, many people are at least aware of the positive impact of recycling. Although they want to contribute, sometimes laziness gets the best of us, and we throw the recycling in to the nearest bin available instead of carrying our trash around with us. So instead of making people find the receptacle, why not bring the receptacle to them? Someone would ride around on a vehicle, maybe called something like a recyclabike (or small car, etc.) around neighborhoods and busy city streets alike. People would feel great being seen giving their recycling to a dedicated service and the service would have an easier time rounding this stuff up!

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Bringing the convenience of recycling right to you.
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Describe how your idea would help form new habits and improve recycling at home

It will be easier to hold on to your recycling if you know you can text a service (through an app), call, or find a mobile receptacle that is willing to come to you so you don't have to compromise your busy schedule to make a small positive impact.

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Maiya, great idea! This very idea exists in Taiwan already. They have the garbage truck that comes every night at 7pm to collect the day's trash (Mondays and Wednesdays are Paper and Plastic, Tuesdays and Thursdays are Biological and Metal, etc.), There are many reasons it works. (1) The truck drives very slowly down each street and plays music like an ice cream truck does and makes it almost a subconscious race/game to get to the street and get your stuff in the truck. It somehow psychologically brings you back to your childhood of running after the ice cream truck and the satisfaction of making it there. But at the same time, this nightly ritual brings the neighborhood (atleast your building's neighbors) together. People end up seeing each other on a regular basis, chat about small stuff, thus creating more of a community, thus creating more incentive to recycle. (2) Actually recycling these things on the correct day and properly sorted is FREE... on Fridays when they collect the actual trash, citizens have to not only pay for the specific (expensive) bags needed to give to the trash truck. It has become almost "embarrassing" to be at the street with the pink trash bags... It's more publicly acceptable to be on the street recycling, because you are doing something for the planet and you are seen as an economically smart person. The only change I would make to this is add some type of app to be able to track the trucks' live GPS location... sometimes it was very hard to know how close the truck was, even though it was a similar time every night.