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We help to label your waste before you throw them

We know there are different kinds of trash bins out there, which are divided into recycling, food & yard waste and garbage. The government will handle them with different measures. But the problem is, many of ordinary people do not very clear of how to divide the thing they about to throw. So we provide a way to help people to do that in the most convenient way: we put a label marked which kind of trash bin they belong to on the products, so the citizens could know where to throw them when they buy them.

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Explain your idea in one sentence

We put a label marked which kind of trash bin they belong to on the products, so the citizens could know where to throw them when they buy them.
We can cooperate with the many companies on the market, and convince them to put a label on their products marked out which kind of trash bin we should throw it to. All though it is just an advise, but it is also like a kind of reminder when people throw it out that they should do some divide job. I think that with a reminder and a construction about trash, it will surely be very helpful for the recycling.

Describe how your idea would help form new habits and improve recycling at home

Put a label on the product is not just an advise, but also like a kind of reminder when people throw it out that they should do some divide job in everyday life. I think that with a reminder and a construction about trash, it will surely be very helpful for the recycling.

How might you design an early, lightweight experiment to further develop your idea?

We could do some survey, maybe some questionnaire to see people's reply about the idea.

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Like this idea! Its so hard to match up trash to the proper trash bin.

One other thing is to have a standardised way of differentiating trash. Reading some of the entries from the research phase, different places have different ways of categorising trash. So even if you do get the big brands to label their packaging, it can still be confusing :(

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And I found the entry of different cities having different means of identifying trash: http://www.openideo.com/challenge/recycle-challenge/research/it-s-a-branding-and-design-matter

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It is very useful idea. In order to help recycling trash, we should divide the trash before throw them. But I usually confused on which category those trash recycling. If put a label marked on the products, so people will know which kind of trash bin they belong to. It can reduce the burden of recycling workers. We should promote the existence of such a label to help people have a good recycling habits.

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DeletedUser

Yes, I was also confused by this problem for a long time. So when come up to this challenge, this idea just came up to my mind. I hope it will be helpful for the recycling. Maybe we could just use the color as the trash bin used to label the products. For example, if the products belong to "garbage" category, the producer could have a black squire on the surface of the package. And if the products belong to "recycling" category, the producer could have a green squire on the surface of the package.

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It really helpful for the recycling. Besides, I agree with you point "we could just use the color as the trash bin used to label the products." This idea is great! I think that color recycling bins can be more attractive and more convenite for people to recycling. It is easier to teach people know which kind of trash bin"garbage" belong to.

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DeletedUser

Thank you for your feedback, Fei. Only with all the supporters like you that can participators like all of us realize our ideas. I appreciate it very much. Thank you.

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Quite agree that this is a big issue and love the idea. I live in the UK and the challenge is that every town recycles different materials in different coloured bins.

For me, the biggest challenge is figuring out whether or not a plastic item is of a type that is recycled by my local council. Many products do have a small label on them, but you can't rely on it.

The EU has been successful in legislating these types of labelling conventions for other reasons, so it shows it can be done. However I think the labels need to be big and bold!

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DeletedUser

I like this idea--usually when I'm not sure whether something can be recycled or not I end up throwing it out.

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DeletedUser

Yes, that's also what's bothering me for a long time, so I came up with the idea. I assume it will be help a lot if we work it out. Thank you for your reply and I appreciate it very much.

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Interesting idea. And I think we already have the labeled trashcan in campus and even one the streets. It could let people clearly know which one should going to which trashcan. And it could also help us to develop good habits of recycling.

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DeletedUser

Yes, that's what I'm talking about. It is just a small measure taken by companies, but it is a big step for recycling business, right?