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Could a simple sticker help us recycle more? - Call for designs!

A simple sticker that serves as a just-in-time reminder to help separate recycle from trash.

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Update: I've started a public community on G+ to collect design and ideas for creating fun stickers. This is just the start! My goal is to create a website where people can design and print their own stickers.

Please contribute your ideas and designs to the community :)

Pimp Your Bin


I often end up taking my empty pizza box to the recycle bin. Luckily, the bin has a huge sticker that reads "No pizza boxes" among other things. It serves as a great JIT reminder for me. I don't always have to know what can or cannot be recycled; the information is right on my recycle bin.

What if we had similar stickers for our trash cans? Something that indicates this is not the right place for certain items...

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

Each time you or anyone opens the trash can to toss an empty beer bottle, there is a gentle reminder that the bottle doesn't belong here. This trigger could prompt one to recycle, and repeated exposure could help form/improve recycling habits at home.

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

I would try this experiment at my home and probably get some friends/neighbors to partake. Contributors: feel free to experiment with this concept in your own surroundings :-).

What aspects of your idea could benefit from the input of our OpenIDEO community?

In addition to general thoughts on the concept, I could use help with content, verbiage, and perhaps prototyping. I'd love to get feedback on how to improve and test this idea.

Evaluation results

14 evaluations so far

1. How well do you think this idea will create new habits for the people involved?

Really well. I can see it creating lasting behavioural changes - 57.1%

The idea is pretty good but I’m not sure it will make new habits - 35.7%

Not sure the idea would really help people establish long-lasting habits - 7.1%

2. Can the idea be scaled to work in different countries and with different people?

Yes – it’s clear how the idea could be adopted by people from far and wide - 71.4%

Seems like it could work but needs some fleshing out - 28.6%

I don’t think it could be easily used in different locations - 0%

3. Can the idea be used regardless of the local recycling schemes?

Yes – it doesn’t seem to rely on a particular collection scheme - 71.4%

Possibly – although it might work better under some schemes rather than others - 14.3%

I think it might only work under particular circumstances - 14.3%

4. How easy would it be to pilot a version of the idea to test it out?

Really easy – ways to test this idea further are already springing to mind - 92.9%

Piloting this idea would be possible but it could take a lot of time and resources - 7.1%

A pilot doesn’t seem easy at this point - 0%

5. Overall, how do you feel about this concept?

It rocked my world - 42.9%

I liked it but preferred others - 35.7%

It didn’t get me too excited - 21.4%


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Congratulations ! That's great idea. I feel like inspiration from that! it is useful and easy to use for everyone!

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