People Who Don’t Recycle Drive Me Crazy!

WHHHYYYY Don’t People Recycle?

It drives me absolutely insane when people don’t recycle!

Where do I meet these people? Well, mainly at work, although I have come across them occasionally in my own home.

But at work – I walk through some offices and see the bins full of paper. I’m talking about the normal bins. The normal bins are full of paper mixed up and contaminated with half eaten food when we all have paper recycling boxes under our desks! How hard is it to put the paper into the recycling box when you don’t even have to leave your office chair?

Well, the answer is it’s too hard for a lot of people.

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I can often be found in the kitchen area at work going through the bins, pulling out the empty plastic milk bottles, rinsing them and placing them in the plastics recycling bin. Where is this? Yes, you’ve guessed it – it’s next to the regular bin.

Recycling bins
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Recently, I walked into the staff room and saw a colleague who shares my office sitting next to the plastics recycling bin and eating a yoghurt. Shortly afterwards, I witnessed her walk back into our office, clutching the empty yoghurt pot which she then threw into the normal bin. Now, it would have taken less effort for her to rinse the pot in the sink in the staff room and put it in the bin, than it took her to carry this dirty pot back to the office through three sets of swing doors.

What is wrong with these people?

They are not stupid. They are not ignorant. They watch ‘The Blue Planet’. They go on holiday and don’t want to swim in seas polluted with plastic. They’re the first to say ‘Ah so sweet’ when they see a seal or a dolphin. They all have children and want them to have a future in a world not full of plastic.

I’ve asked them. I’ve gone up and asked them why they don’t throw their rubbish in the recycling bins and several of them gave me the same answer. They said indignantly, ‘Oh, we recycle at home.’

Well, what on earth does that mean? Is the plastic and paper at their home, different to the plastic and paper at work? Do they think that the plastic and paper they use at work, doesn’t go to landfill? For some reason it doesn’t seem to be their responsibility.

Reasons People Don’t Recycle

plastic bottles
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The reasons that people give are:

  • Recycling is inconvenient. Well, it’s not really – especially at work when they have provided recycling bins.
  • It doesn’t make a difference – it still goes to landfill anyway. I don’t think this is true, but at least do your part by placing it in the recycling bin – if you chuck it straight into the normal bin, then yes, it will definitely go to landfill.
  • Recycling is confusing. Well in our area, it’s pretty easy, and someone has even labelled the bins to tell you exactly what you can put in there.

Good For Nothing

So, I just conclude these people are just lazy, uncaring and selfish… and they drive me crazy.

You might like to read How to Recycle Crisp Packets and Save the World. If you’re one of those people who care!

© Michelle Le Grand


  1. In our city we have two trash pick ups every week. One is for garbage and all yard clippings and non recyclable things and the other is for plastics and paper items. One bin is in the back alley (the smelly one) and the other is in the front of our house by the sidewalks. It works out great and is so easy to do.

    It would be nice if everyone did their part. I don’t know if this is true or not but I have heard about big Global warming protesting parades where afterwards there is tons of trash to be cleaned up on the streets. Now that one is a hard one to figure out if it’s true. I have never been to one…too busy trying to plant trees, garden, share food, buy from local businesses, upcycle, buy used items, feed our chickens scraps and fill their pins with yard clippings…just way to busy to go protesting. I know we have a problem, just look around, our planet is sick and will only get sicker if people don’t start stepping up. Even small things make a difference. Great post Michelle, thanks for sharing and thank you for also caring about this planet. Have a great weekend.

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      1. Thank you, love this post. I am a bit over the top sometimes, I will be the first to admit that, but I am no where near perfect, I could work on some things . Can’t help it, I just love nature and the people and animals that share it.

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