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Barcode Trashcan | Recycling Made Even Easier

Posted By G Living Staff Monkies On August 12, 2008 @ 12:20 pm In G Living | No Comments

The next person who whines about the complications of recycling is going to get an earful from me. Not about how recycling is an important responsibility, or how each of their cans, bottles, newspapers, etc. can make a difference – or about what a moron they must be – but about the fact that there’s a fancy new solution to their eco-incompetence.

To be fair, if there is a complicated aspect to recycling (and I said “if”), it surrounds plastics. As you know, there are various types, and not all them can be recycled. But you should also be able to figure out that every plastic container has a recycling symbol on it with number inside. And knowing which numbers can be recycled and which can’t is easy for you to research. Simply check online with your local recycling facilities – either the ones that come to your house to empty your bins (try your neighborhood sanitation department if you have no clue where to begin searching) or the places you go to drop off your cans, bottles, plastics, etc.

If this still borders on complicated, you might want to check out the Barcode Trashcan. It’s a series of bins over which you can swipe your empty juice container and if it’s recyclable, the appropriate lid opens, telling you which bin to put it in.

Call it Electronic Recycling For Idiots.

Designed by Woo Seok Park, the Barcode Trashcan seems like a nifty idea (and its design is pleasing enough to the eyes), but it also looks like it will take up a lot of space in your house. And despite the fact that the machine will help you save precious mental power (not having to think is easier on the brain), I’m guessing you’ll also using electricity to power the machine, which merely swaps an environmental benefit for unnecessary power suckage. Not so “G”, if you ask me.

What’s next, an outside temperature barcode that tells us whether we should put on a sweatshirt or a heavy winter coat?

(via Yanko Design)


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