You see recycling bins everywhere these days – usually right beside regular bins. There’ll be a sign on the recycling bin saying “Cans, Bottles, Plastics”, and “Garbage” on the standard bin.
Recycling has become part and parcel of how a lot of people work, but not everyone thinks to do it. It’s not uncommon to see people mischievously stuff garbage in recycling bins, or carelessly stuff recycling materials into garbage bins.
I was at Eureka Tower at the end of May and saw a slightly different labelling system that seemed to be a new take on the problem of people not recycling enough:
Not garbage, but wastage. We’re so used to garbage that for many, it’s equated to “where you throw stuff out”, without consideration of the consequence. Wastage is so much more graphic a description – it’s telling you that what you’re putting into the hole is going to waste.
To me, this subtle difference in labelling is genius, and I’d love to see it adopted as the default.