Fun Theory and Recycling
Recycling is important because it saves money, preserves landfill space, and supports a cleaner environment. It’s easy for most people to recognize that practicing reduce reuse recycle is win-win for everyone, but sometimes extra incentives provide encouragement for people to think about the waste they produce and to recycle more.
Taking a pledge, winning prizes, and silly mascots foster engagement and involvement with recycling, but what about other ways to simply have fun- does it really make a difference? That’s where the fun theory comes in.
Make Recycling Fun
The video below shows a little bit of fun added into sorting out glass bottles for recycling. Fifty times more people used the bottle arcade instead of a conventional bottle machine!
Read more on thefuntheory.com, an initiative of Volkswagen exploring the idea that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behavior for the better. As they say on their site, the only thing that matters is that it’s change for the better.
For Your Home, School, or Community
Leave it to technology to add another dimension to recycling bins. Check out these electronic devices named Trash Talkers. They look and function like ordinary containers, but they make a sound when someone inserts an item. The Probotics America Trash Talker is programmed to play 25 different comments, either at random intervals or when triggered when someone puts in an item for trash or recycling. Imagine if a recycling container commented, “Good job!” to you after you put in an aluminum can!
Other comments include “Burp!” and “Hey, is that recyclable – I really like recyclable stuff.” For an extra fee, customized comments are programmable. The possibilities with that feature are endless! If you already have containers, just a talking lid is available for purchase, or just rent a container from them. We suggest that you place bins strategically if you’re having a recycling scavenger hunt, but they’d also be great for schools. Pretty cool!
What do you do to make recycling fun? Leave a message in the comments section below.