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.
"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." - Virginia Woolf
"Don't give up, just keep giving." character Sam on Touched by an Angel, episode Indigo Angel
"Keep Moving Forward" Disney/Pixar's Meet The Robinsons
"There is no problem that cannot be solved by chocolate" - Buffy, the Vampire Slayer
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