Well I’m no Einstein. But today, for the first time in my life, I stood in front of….something…and was too embarrassed to throw away my trash.
I don’t know WHAT that thing was I was about to throw it into or what the graphic was on the front of it. So instead, I closed the…um…thing that looked like a giant post office drop-off mailbox door and found something that I KNEW was a trash can. Then I went home and Googled about it.
Guys…I GOOGLED about trash cans. And then, I watched educational videos on the Waste Management website. No, this is not a joke.
I may be a little behind on what’s going on in the world right now, but while I was online today, I learned that a solar compactor trash can exists. That might be what I saw today, but it certainly was not as obvious on the outside as the green one in this video. So in case you had never heard of it either, you will learn all about here:
Perhaps this is an overgeneralization, but aren’t the people who litter most usually people who don’t care about… anything? Like school, work, reading, learning new things in general…thinking…maybe even succeeding in life at all?
So, let’s be real. How do “smart” waste containers encourage keep-the-Earth-clean habits in stupid people (who prefer staying stupid)? Perhaps I’m overly self-conscious in public, but if a trash can has the potential for intimidating me (someone who actually does care about the environment), what is it going to do for the people who don’t care?
I can remember one (1) time that I littered…ever. I was like, 9 years old. Someone saw it, made me feel terrible about it, and I never did it again.
Today, however, it would have been so much easier to just throw my trash on the ground. It’s embarrassing to attempt to understand something within a few seconds while surrounded by people in public when it’s something you’ve never even seen before in your life.
People want to be encouraged to become better and smarter (even if they are stupid and like it that way). But NO ONE wants to feel that you are insulting the intelligence they believed they already have. That’s just rude.
So anyway, some things were just never meant to be “smart.” But if we are going to be smart, or ever become smart, we could at least develop some better technical communication to support it—like the visible word “TRASH” on the place where it (the trash) is supposed to go.