Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Signs

I stood there with a plastic bottle in my hand, that I had picked up from the street gutter. The sign says bottles and cans. Does that include plastic bottles? I ended up putting it in the general waste. The will to recycle is great. Why is it made so hard to understand what goes where?


Preaching to the converted, I think. If their eyes are down on their phone screens, they won't see the sign.

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  1. Our recycling bins in the city say that anything which can go in the yellow topped (recycling) bin at home can go in. Which is probably not helpful for tourists.
    I have had problems with low signs like that one - particularly one about knee height which said 'wet floor'. Which I discovered when I landed on it.

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    1. EC, that is not at all helpful for those who don't known your bin system. I've not thought about it, but yes, wet floor signs are always low.

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  2. Agreed. The will to recycle is very great and I have no problem with simple things like food products - into the mulcher and onto the gardens.

    But rubbish bins are totally confusing. Even at home, after we have separated any plastic product, there is never agreement on what to do with it.

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    1. Hels, what do you do with the plastic meat trays that have the recycle symbol on them, but City of Port Phillip says no.?

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    2. Phone them and ask why? Perhaps it's because some people don't wash them? If they say recycle as long as you wash it first, then recycle. If they definitely say no then put it in the regular rubbish bin.

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  3. The obsession with mobile phones is out of control! I still find it tricky to know which plastics to put in recycling 😱

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    1. Grace, in theory, almost all plastic can be put in, but it varies from council to council and state to state. Tricky, yep.

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  4. A sign of the times....

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  5. Nice signs Andrew, the one about Phones down is a bit low, should be at face height so people on their phones would read it, lol.

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    1. Sami, when and if they look up.

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  6. Bottles, ours go in the recycle here at home so I would do the same there.
    Love that sign and no ones looking at their phone would see it.

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    1. Margaret, I think you are right. I probably should have put it in the recycling bin.

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  7. I would have put it in the hole marked bottles. If when emptying it they realise their omission of the word 'glass' (if indeed that is the case).... so much the better.

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    1. Cro, you are quite right. I should have put it in the bottle bin.

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  8. The bin says bottles and cans, you were holding a bottle. Nothing hard about it. The bin doesn't say "glass" bottles and cans.

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    1. River, quite so. I did rather over complicate it.

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  9. I watched that recycling programme on the ABC last night ... OMG ... TOO much Plastic in our world!

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    1. Lady J, it is shocking and will probably get worse before it gets better.

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  10. Heh. Good Heads Up sign.
    Have a great one.

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    1. Sandra, people rarely seem to do silly things when staring at a screen but it's a lack of awareness of what others are doing that's the problem.

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  11. Our recycling is now very limited given China won't take ours anymore. And its even more confusing.

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    1. Strayer, same here and its being stockpiled until a solutions is found.

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  12. I opened "our" recycling bin yesterday, the one that serves four units, to find a full bottle of soured milk and dozens of empty iced coffee cartons all unwashed and crawling with ants. I tossed in my papers and cardboards and slammed the lid. I'm giving up trying to teach these people.

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