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I was around at a friend's new flat for dinner last week. He's always been passionately anti-recycling, sticking stubbornly to the line "why bother, when my actions make so little difference?".

But he proudly told me as I arrived "this year I'm go

I was around at a friend's new flat for dinner last week. He's always been passionately anti-recycling, sticking stubbornly to the line "why bother, when my actions make so little difference?". But he proudly told me as I arrived "this year I'm go

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This is just a small personal insight from our own recycling set-up at home...

We have two bins in our kitchen: one for recycling, one for general waste. Oh, and a compost bucket. 

The recycling bin is lid-less, so we can just drop / lob stuff

This is just a small personal insight from our own recycling set-up at home... We have two bins in our kitchen: one for recycling, one for general waste. Oh, and a compost bucket. The recycling bin is lid-less, so we can just drop / lob stuff

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I love this idea - so simple, yet possibly so effective. Confusion around what can and can't be recycled is one of the most common complaints that I hear. What adds to the confusion is that it differs from place to place, so perhaps a customisable sticker would be ideal, with a link to something like http://www.recyclenow.com so that you can see what you can recycle in your area?

Have you thought about how you'd distribute the stickers? Could they be printed on the inside of the coke bottle label, for instance?!

Hi Shimolee,

Great idea, I like where you're going with it.

I wonder if you could create some kind of liner for the bag to take your empty recycling back in that has a liner, so that you could remove it and then it doubles up as a re-usable shopping bag. This way people would also be far less likely to forget to take their reusable back to the shop with them! But I suspect people would want a liner - you wouldn't want to put your fresh salad in what had just been your rubbish bag!

Nicely put together idea Amanda!

The first thing that came to my mind was 'could you get points for how little waste you put in the normal bin too?' - you want to avoid competitive brothers purposefully creating more waste just so they can earn points by recycling more! So perhaps monitoring how much is thrown away to landfill and earning points depending on how much this is reduced?

Good luck!