So you recycle at home, your friends recycle, you even recycle when you’re out and about – but when there isn’t a recycling bin around, do you take your water bottle or soda can home with you and recycle it? Maybe, but many Americans won’t – they’ll trash it in the provided receptacle, which often isn’t a recycling bin when in public.
Maybe it’s never crossed your mind because it hasn’t been a option, but wouldn’t it be nice for recycling to be available everywhere you go? The street corner, the zoo, the movie theater, a basketball game, your college campus – even your kid’s little league baseball game in the park.
Imagine how much more recycling would positively impact our earth if it were a public service available everywhere, all the time. That’s exactly what went through Steve Holland’s mind when his son asked him why there wasn’t a recycling bin at his baseball game in the park.
Steve wanted to answer his son’s question, and make public recycling a reality, so he founded Free Green Can to achieve that goal.
So, What Is Public Recycling?
In Germany, garbage men pick up trash from homes and businesses for a fee – but the recycling bins are picked up free of charge. In the United States, the system is reversed. In most places, garbage pickup is a complimentary service provided by your city – but recycling costs extra.
So how do we make America’s recycling program more like Germany’s? Start small. Many college campuses provide recycling bins in their dormitories and campus buildings. Often, these bins are for paper only, so soda cans and plastic bottles are thrown in with the regular garbage.
Even if a recycling option is offered in the dorms for all recyclable materials, there’s no guarantee that the university is actually recycling them – let’s face it, in America, it’s just cheaper not to recycle.
The idea behind Free Green Can is to make public recycling feasible in any environment. It’s economical to host the cans at a sports venue, university or park, and as a host, the venue won’t pay a thing.
Advertising on each side of every Free Green Can pays for the can, and the pickup of all recycled materials in the can. So what about actual trash? If you put it in the recycling bin, that whole load may become unrecyclable!
Every Free Green Can has two openings – one side is for recycling, the other side is for regular trash. The idea behind public recycling is to make it as easy as possible for everyone everywhere in America to throw away trash and recycling in the same place.
Why Is Public Recycling Important?
Everyone who recycles makes a difference – but not everyone recycles.
Of course, in an ideal world we’d love everyone to recycle at home, but since that isn’t a current reality, we’d love to at least give everyone the option to recycle anywhere they go outside their home.
If cities, universities, event venues, theme parks and zoos all used Free Green Cans for public recycling, the carbon footprint of our country would be immensely decreased – and we might even inspire those who don’t recycle at home to start.
1,000 Free Green Cans saves 15,000 trees every year!
Thanks for reading! Keep checking back for regular public recycling news, tips and fun facts about recycling and going green.
If you’re interested in more information, or you know a venue that wants to host Free Green Cans or a company that wants to share an eco-forward message, check out the Free Green Can Website.