Persuasive strategies and jerks


I’ve been getting more and more ornery about people and businesses that don’t recycle, do it haphazardly, or just generally have a shitty attitude towards it. There aren’t any excuses, and if anyone tries to make them, they are a wiener. Over the last few months I have actually taken cardboard out of trash bins and, in some cases, walked the 5 steps to the *expletive deleted* cardboard recycling.

I have searched through both the CRD’s and the City of Victoria’s websites but I haven’t found anything that explicitly states there are fines for putting recyclable material in the trash. At the time of writing this post, I have also called both the City of Victoria (I learned they don’t handle recycling) and the CRD about this issue. I’ve left a message with the “woman to talk to” at the CRD and will update with any information I get.

I believe there should be fines for not recycling at least what the area’s recycling pick-up covers. The people collecting the garbage should be able to write citations for anything they feel is a gross abuse of the system. It should be at their discretion because, let’s face it, they would know the worst offenders, they already have a lot to do, and the region wouldn’t hire new employees to police it, so it would land on their shoulders anyway.

Some public shaming could be cathartic as well… a “Jerks who can’t be bothered to recycle” web page updated weekly perhaps.

Sure, maybe I’m being a bit militant about this, but some people don’t respond to the same persuasive strategies that tug at the rest of society’s heart strings, panic buttons, or future-oriented outlook. The best play with certain individuals is to concentrate the attack where it matters most to them – their bank balance and their reputations.

They may not be creative solutions, but they could be effective ones. What do you think?


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2 comments on “Persuasive strategies and jerks

  1. Leslie says:

    My parents live in Langford (perhaps this makes a difference, as the municipalities have their oen way of doing things) and my dad got a big red sticker on his recycling box one time with the message, “No dead birds.” I guess a dead bird had ended up in the recycling bin over the week from a cat or something, and the worker wanted to alert my parents to the latest sorting rules.

  2. Christie says:

    You would think that a change in rules that big would merit a brochure or leaflet dropped in the mailbox at least 😉

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