When I arrived at the Trout Festival BBQ in Pioneer Square on Thursday evening there were several barrels for garbage and only the two resident recycling bins available. Soft drinks and water bottles were on the menu.
We are told the best way to get beverage containers into recycling bins in public spaces is to have a recycling bin beside every garbage container. This makes it easy for people to choose to recycle. It also keeps most of the garbage out of the recycling.
We placed a recycling bin beside every garbage container in the Square Thursday evening.
When we collected the bags Friday morning there were lots of beverage containers and very little garbage in the recycling bins. There were almost no beverage containers in the garbage.
We put new bags in the recycling bins and paired them with all the garbage bins on Main Street for Trout Festival Main St Days. We placed the garbage bins from Pioneer Square beside the lonely recycling bins.
It had worked again. The recycling bins had mostly beverage containers. Very few were in the garbage bins beside them.
I picked up several beverage containers that were lying around on the street and sidewalks so we still have some work to do.
People seem to choose to recycle in public spaces when it is easy to make the right choice.
I wish everyone would make the same choice at home. Several friends admitted they don’t recycle after I noticed an aluminium can in the garbage.
It can’t get much easier to recycle at home with curbside pickup available in Flin Flon and Creighton and a trailer for recyclables parked at Extra Foods.
Deciding to change habits is the hard part.