Friday, 3 December 2010

Recycling: Carrot vs Stick

Whilst looking over the metro I came across this article:

My thoughts are that people should most certainly be rewarded or praised for their successes rather than punished for not recycling. Surely it’s more important to encourage people to recycle rather than tell them they could face a hefty fine if they don’t do it properly, I believe it is unfair to have people fearing they have done something wrong when actually, recycling should be an enjoyable experience and people should be able to feel happy that they are giving something back to their community.

I don’t believe that anyone wants to feel pressured into recycling, more and more people recycle every day because they can and want to, not because they feel they have to. I don’t think recycling should become compulsory, because anyone should be able to do things when and if they want to, and there should not be anyone out there to tell people what they can and cannot do, and punish them with a huge fine.

What do you think?


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  1. I agree - some people recycle because they actively want to, some people recycle because they feel they should, but some people already resent recycling, especially if it means their regular bin emptied less, and these fines will only make them resent it more.

  2. Hi Lyns,

    Did you see my recent post about Recyclebank? - more like the carrot approach.

    Councils need to do something to avoid fines in the future, due to landfil limits...

  3. I am in Europe an the process is so engrained here its second nature. They even have Bio Waste seperated from normal waste and recycling.

    You even see special bins in train stations and on the street.