What an obvious and simple solution for a very visible pollution problem! Alas, sweet summer child, the long road to environmental awareness is plagued with potholes, not to mention other kinds of “holes” who just can’t be bothered to do the right thing even when it’s made ridiculously easy. Maybe the message “Recycle Plastic Bags Here” is a tad too authoritarian and offends those who put a priority on personal freedom? Does the verdant hue of the bin provoke a negative emotional response in those opposed to the Green New Deal? Someone paint that bin red white & blue, stat! (image via Sam Felder)
Pods & Pans
One of the main knocks against the current Coffee Pod trend is the perceived non-recyclability of the pods once they’ve been used. Thankfully, someone has found a way to – if not actually recycle the single-use containers – keep the plastic tubs off the streets and out of our landfills. The bright yellow “Nespresso” recycling bin above is located in the Swiss canton of Vaud but the photo dates from 2012: surely their use has spread since then? (image via Richard Allaway)
TIL Jesus doesn’t just save, He recycles! Or at least, YOU should recycle because by pledging your empty beer and soda cans to the Lord, you keep them outta the hands of the er, other guy whose name we shall not mention – and it ain’t Voldemort (DOH!). You’ll find the above “Cans for Christ” recycling bin – or recycling cage, by the looks of it – outside the Faith Community Baptist Church on Camden Road in Fayetteville, NC. Have a drink, then make a difference – you CAN do it! (image via Gerry Dincher)
You’re telling us those expensive compact fluorescent light bulbs actually wear out and need to be replaced? Sadly, CFL bulbs (like anything else) do wear out eventually and when it happens, do the “bright” thing and recycle them. Kudos to Home Depot for installing a dedicated CFL recycling bin at their store in Sterling Heights, Louisville, Colorado. Anti-kudos to whomever didn’t understand the meaning of the word “compact” and left a pair of traditional fluorescent tubes leaning against the bin. Not the brightest bulb in the box, one might say. (image via Dave Dugdale)
Wait a minute, they’re “recycling” ballots now?? Don’t tell you-know-who! Well, maybe it’s not as bad as all that… and the strategically-placed recycling bin above is merely “a polling place for ants”, to paraphrase Derek Zoolander. Don’t put it past these tiny but great (in numbers) insect candidates to steal an election, by the way, so everyone had better practice saying “Hail Ants!” (image via Alan Stanton)
Want your browned Tannenbaum to turn green again? Check out I Want You… To Recycle Your Old Christmas Tree!