|How can I recycle?|
Recently we were at an Ikea store and when walking by the cart return area I saw something that really caught my attention. Ikea is really big on recycling and reducing the amount of garbage that is thrown out. I do like seeing all the recycle and garbage bins within the store to ensure that people do the right thing.
What caught my attention was where the recycle and garbage bins were located. Sure they have them in the parking lots but I have to admit that the location of the actual bins was a problem. The bins were located at the centre of where all the carts are returned. Sure they are tucked out of the way but they are also tucked out of reach of people. In the case of this location at least one of the rows didn't have carts currently in it but I can image on a weekend there wouldn't be a time that someone could walk down any of the cart aisles to do the recycling.
I understand that it is difficult to find spots to put the recycle bins in a parking lot but why wasn't there located near the stairs and elevator. Also if you want them located near the cart return why not put the recycle bin closer to the outside so that more people will but their bottles and cans in the recycle bin and not just through them in the garbage.
Ensuring that you get the message out about recycling and the importance of it can be difficult but making it difficult to actually do the recycling can mean that people just won't care even when the bins are easy to use such as in the store or by the front doors.
Another thing that I noticed that Ikea has a great shuttle service to the closest subway start and again right at the location of the bus is a garbage bin without any recycling. Sure the recycling is near the door but if you are running for the shuttle all the cans, bottles, etc will end up in the garbage instead of in the appropriate recycle bins.
Recycling is something that we all need to think about and making it easier for people to do it when they are out in public would be wonderful. So when you see a recycle bin remember to try and use it if you can reach it.