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Some of the machines that are used to recycle materials are fascinating and very clever.  Some children, once they are aware of it,  will be really enthused by that, and it spreads the message about how actually things are recycled in a useful way.

Some of the machines that are used to recycle materials are fascinating and very clever. Some children, once they are aware of it, will be really enthused by that, and it spreads the message about how actually things are recycled in a useful way.

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In the UK we have mostly have small houses. Multiple bins for recycling take up lots of space, so tend to be moved outside, which makes people less likely to recycle as it is more hassle. Since most recyclable items are containers, they have lo

In the UK we have mostly have small houses. Multiple bins for recycling take up lots of space, so tend to be moved outside, which makes people less likely to recycle as it is more hassle. Since most recyclable items are containers, they have lo

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As a bit of background, I work as a 'freelance' professor in the UK in business and IT subjects. I have also led consulting work reviewing faculty processes so understand the admin side quite well. Here in the UK professors rarely have tenure and are paid a lot less than in the US.

There are a number of key points to consider which are true here and I believe also in the US. Firstly, academic career paths are driven almost entirely by research output - no papers, no job. Teaching is a chore that you have to do if you want to make a living out of research. Until that changes, there will be poor professors. Research is king because that is what drives organizational reputation, and reputation drives fees and prestige. Lecturers who love teaching but have little talent for research are often treated as second class citizens.

Secondly, the economics of professors teaching classes can be very poor (and of questionable pedagogy). Here is one example from Stanford https://tomprof.stanford.edu/posting/160.

Finally, the administrators are vitally important, however the schools have to staff for the peaks of workload at the beginning and end of semesters. Hence, much of the time they are over-staffed. IDEA- get rid of semesters/terms and use a block module approach.

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Ian commented on We help to label your waste before you throw them

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!