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For those of us in urban environments, a problem with making recycling a habit is inconvenience. People don't like mess, smell or inconvenience. They also don't like confusion. Make attractive bins for the home. Color-code them and add lids the make

For those of us in urban environments, a problem with making recycling a habit is inconvenience. People don't like mess, smell or inconvenience. They also don't like confusion. Make attractive bins for the home. Color-code them and add lids the make

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Vero commented on Make recycling more convenient

I agree with you, Nick, about the design not being thought through.
I also find that many organizations focus on the outside bins and assume that the inside is taken care of somehow. From what friends say, that is not the case and it is one of the "fail moments" in the habit. Bags sitting out are a nightmare in regards to safety, aesthetics and convenience so people decide separating garbage s just not worth at the moment they are opening packaging.
Also related to this is the fact that we all need educating on what can (not) go into a specific bin and knowledge is not set after reading a list just once. We need to be indoctrinated over time if we want to build a habit. I myself forget that oily pizza boxes don't go into the paper bin. And what about guests? When we have visitors there are very few who have identical recycling rules to ours. How do we help everyone using recycling bins learn - and then remember - what goes where? Visuals make that easier than text does.

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Vero commented on Make recycling more convenient

Thank you for the tip, Meena. I will look into collaborating with Paul.
Also my apology for not responding sooner. I was sick for a couple weeks.

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Vero commented on Recycle Map App!

A useful idea, Tom. Building on your answer to Catherine, I can see this being useful for my bi-weekly recycling as well. We have neighborhood recycling bins for paper, glass and plastic. The plastic is sometimes full and an app like this could help me find a new one along my route. Also, it might help if there was a sign on the bin saying "Is this bin full? Find another nearby."