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8/3/09 10:04 A

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Trillian,

I live in an area without recycling program I do storage things and have to drive to dump them on the recycling plant. Fortunately, the recycling plant is on my way to work, so it does not mean that I have to get a lot out of my way to do it.

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8/1/09 6:45 P

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I know, drives me crazy too - here we have a single bin, toss it all in, soooo wonderfully easy.

Some places you get tiny little bins not hardly big enough for anything, and that's difficult, have to separate it all out.

A few places I had to STORE it and then DRIVE it to the recycling center. Annnoying.

I think most people don't get it, don't understand the importance, don't realize ... and some don't care. I'd gotten to the point I had one single plastic grocery store bag that was for trash pickup, the rest was composted or recycled. My neighbors had so much trash they started filling up MY empty bin ... which wasn't a big deal in a way, but to watch all those compostables and recyclables going in to landfill. But, they just didn't get it.

I can't imagine how to talk to the guy ... just use your intuition and be clever about talking about things ... with my Mom, I can't be direct, I have to say things like, "wow, isn't it amazing how much trash we generate! At least some of it can be recycled and re-used .. maybe this paperclip used to be your dieet soda." or something like that. It's not a judgement statement in any way, simply an observation of fact, and she tends to hear that better.

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7/30/09 1:35 P

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good point! i have a friend who did pretty much that to her upstairs neighbor and they didn't even care... still let the dog poop in her walkway so i suppose there is probably very little that will change people like that!

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7/30/09 12:14 P

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HOnestely? I have already thought about doing that, but I realy do not want to get involved that much with that kind of people...

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7/30/09 12:01 P

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maybe you should figure out who "they" are and leving them a big pile of poo on their doorstep every morning so that they realize what you are going through!

(just kidding of course... well, almost completley kidding...)

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7/30/09 10:33 A

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in fact i have been. But it seems it is not a priority (I do not know why) and they just do not care...

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7/28/09 11:40 P

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ew! that's terrible! can you start pressuring the people in charge to start enforcing it?

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7/25/09 6:46 A

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Fines only work if really applied. WE had a huge problem in our apartment complex. I live in a place that allows big dogs, so it is expected and demanded that people clean after their dogs. well, almost nobody does so you can imagine how the grass is. In fact there are some points that there is more dog waste than grass anyway. there is a fine of 25USD if you do not clean after your dog (which doubles every infraction) but since the complex does not really enforce it, nobody cares. it is so irritating...

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7/21/09 9:44 P

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ugh i have the same thing at work. we have tons of recycling bins 'cuz my employer is trying to go as green as possible. We have a bottle recycle box and a can recycle box with the garbage in the middle. And how often do you find cans and bottles in the garbage that is literally *right between* the recycle bins? All the darn time! grrr emoticon Really makes you wonder what else the don't give a rat's about.

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7/18/09 8:48 A

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Maybe he doesn't realize that he's paying extra? I'm trying to give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe if you remind him that he should separate the recyclables so that he will have less trash bags to pay for, then he'll get on board?

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MAINEROCKS's Photo MAINEROCKS Posts: 7,195
7/17/09 9:42 P

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oh goodness! the whole bag in is almost as bad! good idea with the fine thing!

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7/17/09 7:49 P

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Our landlord gets fined if we don't recycle. Of course I have to report it but maybe you can use that to influence your wayward tenant.

My fellow tenants think if there's cans in their trash it's okay to put the whole bag in the recycle bin. You can imagine what I fantasize about doing to them.

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7/17/09 5:09 P

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It is not just you. Look at what Gavin Newsom has rolled out for San Francisco in their efforts to educate folks about recycling. A video game:

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7/17/09 12:52 P

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Nice little article! Thanks :-)
I did give him the schedule for the first month (it's every other week for pick-up) but I think I will send him the schedule for the rest of the year and say something like "Oops! I noticed I didn't give you the whole schedule! It can be a little confusing at first so let me know if you have any questions."

Perhaps subtle persistence will get through! ;-)

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7/17/09 10:50 A

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You can be subtle and present him with your town's recycling program literature, the recycling schedule, etc. I am being optimisitc in hoping that he may not have the first clue about recycling. I understand that you don't want to tell him to his face that his garbage is being monitored.

I can imagine how frustrated your are. Good luck to you and keep on fighting the good fight. Yesterday on re-nest I read something cool about an enviro-blogger who is realizing how her beliefs are reaching those around her, reading it could lift your spirits on this subject. I imagine you are affecting many more than you are realizing:

www.re-nest.com/re-nest/inspiration/
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7/16/09 4:31 P

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Wow! He pays to not recycle. people always manage a way of surprising me...

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7/16/09 2:06 P

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curb side pick-up! and we gave him a bin!! and it costs a dollar a bag to put the trash out so he is PAYING to NOT recycle. grr.
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7/16/09 1:31 P

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So, he could recycle with practically NO effort since he wouldn't have to actually take the recycling anywhere?

That makes me mad, because he has it easy and won't do it. I have to drive OUT OF MY WAY to recycle...and I do it anyway.

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emoticon I have the same problem with my neighbors. The recycling gets picked up right at your curb - what is so hard? Put your recycling in the bin provided (that your taxes paid for) and get it the curb. ARGH!!!

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So... we have a new tenant in the apt. downstairs (we are the landlords) and when he moved in I explained our town's great recycling program and told him about the compost bin in the back. He asked about the compost twice so I figured that was a good sign.
WRONG.
The last few weeks his trash is full of recyclables!! I can clearly see the cans and bottles through the side of the bag! UGH.

I'm trying to think of gentle ways to guide him into recycling, but don't want to overstep my bounds or tarnish the landlord/tenant good relationship we have so far. Really though, I want to kill this guy!!!

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