Have you ever wondered why some people refuse to recycle, even when it’s extremely simple for them to do so?

In our office we have bottled water delivered.  Yes, it is VERY non-environmental friendly for everyone in our office to walk around with bottles of water, but that’s the way it is.  Anyway, we were sent a notice from the management company of our complex that they were going to start a recycling program.  All we had to do was bag the recyclables in a different bag and put them in a special trash can within the complex.  Now, let me tell you how easy it is for our employees.  All they have to do is drop it in the special bin to the right of the doorway in the breakroom.  That’s it!  They don’t have to wash it out, crush it up, or anything.  Just drop it in the special bin. 

It must be extremely difficult to reach the right arm to the right & drop the bottle because many times I find water bottles in the regular trash to the left of the same doorway.  I’m beginning to think it’s a conspiracy!  I mean really, how difficult is this?  😉 

On the other hand, we have friends who live in neighboring counties who used to recycle, but no longer do so because the city simply stopped the program.  It was too costly for them to continue the program.  Pretty sad, huh?

I wish I could say that I wrote this post because I care about the environment.  I really do, honest!  I’m the crazy person in the office that digs the water bottles out of the regular trash cans and drops them in the recycling bin.  I’m also the crazy person who saves any cardboard from Starbucks (only when I forget my cloth sleeve, of course), so that I can recycle it at home.  Well, the real reason I wrote this post is to shamelessly lead people to a website.  It’s a contest to help me win a scholarship that I desperately need.  Please visit this site as often as you like, as I don’t see anywhere that it says you cannot click on it more than once per IP address; only that it has to be a valid IP address.  So, please visit now and ask your friends to visit my blog and click on the site.  Thanks for your help!!


4 thoughts on “Recycling

  1. People have habits that take time to break so your co-workers will need some time to re-learn where they drop their bottles. A simple solution would be to remove the regular trash can and let people know this is serious business. Could you email me about this scholarship you are competing for? I’m just curious to hear more about it.
    Good luck!

  2. While recycling is a good thing… and I agree it’s not that hard to do… the best solution is to not create the waste in the first place. Bottled water, in my opinion, is a tragic waste of natural resources. Why not just use tap water to fill up your own, reusable glass or cup? Think about it this way… the rules and regulations for your tap water are much more strict than those for bottling companies.

    For those that are still skeptics… read this article:

    That’s my two cents… thanks for allowing me to comment.

    1. I do that at home, but at that office the pipes had a lot of sediment, so unless it came through the filtered coffee machine or ice, no one would touch it. We’ve recently moved our offices. We no longer buy bottled water and there is no recycling available in this building. The nice thing is that there is a filtered water fountain where we can get cold water using our reusable cups & glasses. 🙂

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