Despite we have adopted some European legislation here in Estonia regarding the recycling in 2004 and we have got some containers for sorted wasted on the streets for those environmental enthusiats, I am seem the only person who cares about sorting my garbage. My family hates when I collect packages separately in the appartments and at work.
I have forced them to collect the biowaste because Tallinn prescribes that bio and paper containers are installed in front of every block of flats (with more 10 rooms, like those wealthy people who live separately in low-density areas, and, being wealthy, produce more garbage, should not bother with sorting). The city guidelines also say that people should sort the plastic/metal packages and glass and provides the map with corresponding containers. But, my parents say that this just proves that there are slaves at garbage processing plant to sort your waste for you and you do not need to sort anything. If that would be necessary, city would demand to have all the containers in front of the house.
The situation is even worse if we look at the professional cleaners. We do not have separate garbage bins at the working place and cleaners dump everything into one big bag. We don't even collect the bio and paper (produced in volumes) at work. What is the point of the garbage sorting programm in this light?
No, there are 3 problems in our culture. It creates an impression that sorting is for poor people who do not produce much garbage anyway and there are very poor to process your garbage, if people would see that separate garbage collection is intended to prevent the entropy growth, which occurs when you mix the waste into one pile, and forced to sort at their work places, the culture would change. They would also sort if they primarily would have the special containers for sorted garbage and only rare containers for the rest unsorted materials. Currently, they are not listening anything when I explain them and laugh instead. But I cannot care about the environment alone. Others must be enforced legally. What can I do about it?