One month ago Edelman’s London office (in which I sit) banned bins. The idea was that personal bins by our desks make us lazy and encourage us not to sort our waste for re-cycling. The new system means more trips to the communal collection areas (and can be messier until you make those trips) but it forces you to decide whether every item is recyclable or for landfill, and the effect has been that in just one month we have gone from under 10% of waste recycled to over 65% recycled. More than that, the numerous trips make us very aware of just how much rubbish we create. Having my bin removed was MASSIVELY irritating for the first few days, but now it makes sense, as does the presence of the occasional rodent.

[tags] Waste Recycling [/tags]