I am a bit of a fan of Flylady, the somewhat annoying American Domestic Organization goddess. She suggests that one should not get caught up in guilt about recycling until one has one’s act together, domestically, and is running a smooth and efficient household.
And so I did not. I was an extremely sporadic recycler.
Last year, my county, South Oxfordshire, decided it did not want to be fined for over-use of landfill.
So it limited us to ONE wheelie bin of rubbish a fortnight,and one wheelie bin of recycling a fortnight.
South Oxfordshire has certainly stumbled upon a very effective way of changing people’s behaviour by limiting the amount of rubbish–but not the amount of recycling they’ll clear. It’s forced us to learn to slow down, and learn what’s recyclable and what isn’t, and then to actually do it.