Friday, September 30, 2011

Recyling at home

Our building's recycling has been in place from when the building went up, but it has been refined and extended over time. Off this room in what we call the dungeon is another where a large bin collects non recyclable rubbish that is sent down a chute from each floor. I expect very posh buildings have chutes for recycling as well.

While nothing has changed about the recycling, except for the addition of a bin for plastic bag recycling, the previous signage was printed on small laminated A4 sheets and a bit of a struggle to read at times. New signs have appeared and I must say they are wonderfully clear. However, they did cost a sum in four figures. I just divided the cost by the number of apartments and it only $14 per apartment, so probably money well spent. The signs will last and be there for a long time. At the same time, the whole area was repainted too.

If you can't quite see, the far blue sign says Batteries.

The far sign says, No plastic bags, food scraps, household items.


  1. Did ya know that recyclables are still being thrown into landfill, because if the company concerned can't make a profit from it that's where it goes, so all the effort made by people is wasted :-).

  2. Awesome stuff, glad to see someone cares a little.

  3. I do have to say there can be no misunderstanding as to what goes where with all that clear signage!

  4. I say, that's thorough!
    Even down to the charity bin :)

  5. Windsmoke,I knew it happened in the past. I had hoped it did not any longer.

    Fen, at times they care a little too much. As R says, they won't stop until they have the building in darkness.

    One problem though Michael. Most of the recycling bins are used to capacity already. More will have to be added.

    Jayne, you would not believe the good stuff that goes into those bins. You should come around and raid them. And not just those bins. So many perfectly ok household things get chucked out. A few may have found their way back upstairs to our abode.

  6. What a great system!
    I like the charity bin idea. How often does the stuff get collected?
    I'm thinking that if the bins are often full maybe they'd need collecting weekly instead of whatever the current rate is.
    Like Windsmoke says, some loads do still go to landfill, which is a shame after all the work put into separating.

  7. River, some is collected regularly, but other stuff on as need basis. If a foreign student goes home, the charity bins can fill in a day by one person. The cork bin was initially popular, but not now because of so many screw top bottle. The number of corks that go into the bin surprises me. I haven't pulled a cork in years. I don't think the battery bin has ever been emptied. The level of the batteries is about six inches in the bin and the weight of the batteries is extreme. At least we are trying and doing our bit.

  8. Looks much more impressive than the garbage area in my apartment, which only has cardboard and glass/plastic bottle options.

  9. AdRad, we were fortunate to have the space. Many do not. It only took one motivated person to get our system really humming.

  10. Anonymous12:08 pm

    I'm trying to imagine how many wine corks it would take to fill that bin! Hopefully your cardiologist will encourage your contribution to it?- hope everything goes well with your heart situation.

  11. RJ, the cork bin replaces a box of similar dimensions. I have seen the box 1/3 full. We don't get many corks now that bottles have screw tops, and the famous bearded media person who must always stay home, gave up drinking.