Recycle Bin: Could You Win The Waste Collection Lottery?
Recycle bin: When we say recycling ideas – do you think of using the same idea over and over again (i.e. recycling!) or do you think of coming up with new ideas to boost recycling. Well in this case, thankfully we are talking about a really new and fresh idea.
Much of modern startup sector thinking is applying great ideas to new areas – i.e. like crowd sourcing etc. In today’s blog we look at the great idea of running a lottery style incentive to boost recycling rates and outcomes.
It is always nice to know that there are very smart people (or at least smarter than me) out there trying to improve things – and in this case boost recycle bin rates versus general waste.
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Recycle bin – can we apply lottery approaches to boost recycling rates?
We all know about how important it is to use your recycle bin – i.e. to help the environment – but also to let your business reduce costs. This is even more important in 2019 – as due to restrictions on the quality of recycling commodities accepted by China and other countries – what goes in the recycle bin – will be under more scrutiny than ever. Check out our new blog on why recycling is good for the Aussie economy in 2019.
We have covered the proposed introduction of cash for container schemes in Queensland and Western Australia (see blogs on recycle Brisbane and waste collection Perth). We recently read a very interesting article on the website – theconversation.com which proposed using the system of lotteries to boost recycling rates.
In Qld – the plan is to pay a cash or credit per container (of c.$0.10 per container). The article suggests:
“But is Queensland missing a trick here? Economic evidence suggests that the scheme could be cheaper to run, and boost recycling more, if it was run as a lottery instead, with every recycled bottle representing a “ticket” to a prize draw.”
The argument is basically that people would respond better to a large cash win – than a smaller reliable amount: “economists also know that the type and size of this financial reward can have a large bearing on people’s behaviour. For many decades, researchers have focused on working out which rewards prompt the most effort. One key question is whether participants respond better to small, reliable rewards, or to being offered a chance of a big windfall.”
“Instead of getting 10c per container, Queenslanders could instead be given an electronic ticket for each container recycled.”
“A poorly designed lottery might conceivably work too well – recycling rates might become so high that they overwhelm the infrastructure or cause a glut of recycled materials. This has been shown to be possible when lottery-style contests are used in other environmental regulatory contexts. For example, contests that use pollution reduction as a lottery criterion can be too successful – driving down emissions hugely but at a significant cost to economic output.”
This sort of innovative thinking is really exciting as it is proven in many contexts to deliver real results – see our blog on how influence concepts can boost work place recycling in recycling Adelaide.
Check out our blog on smart ways to use plastic bottles to light sheds in collecting rubbish.
See our blog on recycling dumpsters.
Conclusion on recycle bin innovations
At Waster – we love to see innovations in recycling bin technology all the time – and this sort of idea is certainly interesting. Whether it will actually boost recycle bin rates – to be honest I have no idea – but it is always good to try new concepts.
We will keep you posted on any updates.
Recycle bins: At Waster we talk about boosting recycling and decreasing waste (through recycle bins) going to landfill everyday. We asked ourselves today if a clean environment is an actual human right or whether it is just a nice thing to have? The United Nations has been the key driver to a definition of environmental human rights – though the process has been slower than those for other human rights – and in fact they still are not enshrined.
In other countries – they are not so lucky. However, it is not possible to think that just because we have recycle bins Australia services (such as recycle bins NSW) we are immune to what happens in the rest of the world.
The world is one when it comes to recycle bins and the environment
We have covered in other blogs how the world really is one – and hence any recycle bins programme and recycle bin options would have to be implemented on an international level.
When rubbish enters the rivers and oceans in one country – it will not take long for it to make it to the open ocean.
This means that a local rubbish tipping problem will very quickly become an international one. See our blogs on the horrendous and hard to believe scale of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
The other thing to be remembered is that we live in one single eco-system called the earth – and pollution when it enters the food chain – such as a fish eating microplastics in the middle of the ocean can have far reaching impact in many parts of the earth,
As a society – we really do not know the full damage caused when marine life eats plastic – nor when humans eat that fish etc.
How Waster can provide businesses with high quality trash can and recycle bin options
Waster offers low cost waste and recycle bin options to small and medium Aussie businesses such as recycle bins. You can check prices and arrange your services easily online.
With our flexible 30 day agreements – you can be confident that you will not be locked into a long term contract that does not suit you. Check out our recycle bin options below:
Recycle bins – can recycling play part in delivering a clean environment for the future?
The Guardian newspaper states: “Environmental human rights, which guarantee breathable air, safety from toxic exposure and a voice in environmental decision making, are crucial to breaking the cycle of poverty, vulnerability and unsustainability in which too many of the world’s people are trapped.”
“The idea of the environment as a human right has been grinding its way through the United Nations system since the 1980s, repeatedly tabled by governments for further study.”
“Socially responsible shopping and green product certification can help, but they are no substitute for strong protections at the source of the problem. And without global recognition of those protections as human rights, there will always be another neighborhood – and another country – onto which the harmful effects can be externalized, exported and dumped.”
We certainly believe the a clean environment should be protected by legislation – but that we should also play our part by boosting recycling, minimising packaging (what can be recycled) and reducing pollution of our seas )see blog on rubbish tip Perth) is a good step in the right direction.
Check out our recent blog on can I put polystyrene in my recycle bin.