On the 14th floor of the Tribune Tower there is a gray garbage can in the kitchen area. We throw away so much stuff in the kitchen that can be recycled. To help solve this, a few weeks ago I put a blue recycle bin next to the garbage can.
But nobody uses the recycle bin. It rather baffles me. Today I found a clean paper bag and paper wrappers in the garbage. Normally I will quietly garbage pick the paper and put it into recycling. But the quantity of the paper in the garbage today unsettled me. As i took the paper out I audibly said, “what is this paper doing in the garbage? It can be recycled,” hoping that the perpetrators heard me.
Knowing just saying something out loud probably won’t do much, I put a couple sticky notes on the garbage cans directing people to the blue recycle bin. Then to be even more specific, the sticky notes listed what little things can be recycled.
here’s what the notes said:
use the blue bin
bags, sugar packets
every little bit helps 🙂
I purposely made the list in all lower case to make it more friendly. I know I’m being passive-aggressive with this. But c’mon people, at least put your paper in the recycle bin that sits right next to the garbage can. Every little bit truly does help.