Researching ideas for recycling receptacles for Walkerton’s main street and this image popped up:
At first this appears simply as an ingenious way to divide an existing garbage can into a recycling, garbage, and compost bin in one – a simple, affordable solution to extend the life of an existing item (the garbage bin) and let it evolve to serve several purposes.
However, clicking beyond the image to the article on inhabitat.com leads to Toss with Care and the actual purpose of this design which more than a way to simply divert food waste, it gives New Yorkers a way to share excess food with those who are in need. An ingenious and compassionate design addressing homelessness and sustainability.
While we may not openly see people in Brockton searching for food or refundable recyclables on our main streets there are many cities in Canada (and indeed the world) where the search for food and income in trash cans is a way of life for many people.
A reminder that every one of our actions has an impact on others and the environment – for better or for worse – the choice is ours.