I've spoken to people in America about why they don't recycle (when I've noticed this) and it's usually the same excuses; it's too time consuming, or it's not their problem. It takes a matter of seconds just to crush your tins or plastic bottles and tear up your cardboard then place them in the correct bin. Recycling and the environment is everybody's problem. We all live on this planet and are somehow contributing towards damaging it but we can also try to reduce that damage. Obviously recycling isn't the only issue related to how we're damaging the environment, but it is an area where each and every one of us can play a hands on role in minimising the damage by ensuring we do recycle our own waste.
My out-of-town relatives are often surprised by this. I tell them, think about it: we can recycle most plastic containers, paper, cardboard, food cans, soda cans. (Glass we have to set aside and take to a center ourselves if we want to recycle it.) The only things left that you throw away on a regular basis are some product packaging, food scraps, cardboard/paper soiled by food (like pizza boxes or used paper towels), styrofoam, and waxed paper (like pet food bags or the coated paper boxes chicken broth comes in). Diapers, I suppose, if you have babies. It's not that hard.
Most of us are products of our environment. Did I recycle before this program was implemented? I did not. The main difference between me and someone in the next city who doesn't recycle is that I have the opportunity. People are the same world over. It's their environment that makes them, mostly.
A guy here in our office is taking a half-day vacation this afternoon. I told him he should have scheduled the morning off since there wouldn't be an afternoon if the world ends at 12:00 noon.
The world did not end. Mayans calendar gave wrong information. So we can
continue to plan our future. Have they any new date of when the world can end.
Still here :dunno: Of course I'm looking at you all from my private space capsule, stockpiled with twinkies & hoho's, orbitting the globe.
I wonder if I have time to finish cooking my pot of beef stew?