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March 14, 2013 8:22 AM Subscribe
How can I get the people around me to be more conscientious about recycling?
posted by Dansaman to science & nature (33 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I find that a lot of people around me, including family, friends, and colleagues, are less conscientious than I am about recycling. For example, sometimes they'll throw a plastic cup in the recycling bin but other times inexplicably they'll throw it in the trash bin. I have trouble understanding that behavior because the way my brain works, there's consistency: either it's a recyclable or not, and I always treat it the same way. Are these people being lazy, or they don't care, or they are confused about what's recyclable so on different days their uncertainty leads them to different actions? I have mentioned my observation to such people before, but it doesn't seem to register, or if it does, it doesn't stick. If any of you are like that, or have had interactions with people like that, please help me understand what is going on in their minds and what I can say to them to help them have more consistently environmentally-friendly habits in the future.