Wishful thinking that your mozzarella-stained pizza box can be recycled because it’s made of cardboard? That’s wishcycling.
We all do it, we make snap decisions about items of waste and place items in recycling bins with the vain hope that they might be recycled, when there’s a small unconscious voice telling us, maybe it can’t.
How to ensure items can be recycled
Knowledge is king here. As a business, having clearly displayed posters next to bins and stickers on bins is one way to ensure items placed into them are truly items which should go in there.
Additionally, many businesses choose to include all staff in training about recycling and encourage them to be part of the company recycling programme. It’s a proven fact that people are far more likely to implement a change to their habit if they’ve been involved and made suggestions towards how that change should be implemented. This applies as equally to recycling as it does to reducing waste by adopting a paper-free office for example.