Recycling. Let's face it, it's here to stay. Or, perhaps more accurately, it's here to stay as long as we're going to be here to stay. To my mind, basic recycling is one of those things which it feels impossible for a rational person to argue against – if we can reuse items and make new things from old ones, shouldn't we be doing that and thereby helping preserve the world around us… especially when it's convenient and incredibly easy? As many communities offer free recycling, it isn't really all that hard to do.
For me though, one of the things that I repeatedly come up against is the issue of sorting everything. Is it paper? Is it metal? Is it plastic? What kind of paper is it? Really, milk and orange juice cartons can't be recycled? And, perhaps more importantly, where do I keep all the stuff until it's recycling day? It can't go in the garbage and then be sorted later (that's disgusting). It can't just sit on your window sill (which, technically I believe is a window stool if it's inside, but that's neither here nor there) and clog up the joint. You pretty much now have to buy something in which to store your non-garbage, but those can get pretty disgusting. And, what about during parties? Where do people throw all that stuff for you to sort out later.
It is this last question that has, apparently, been asked by the folks over at TrashCo and, they provided us with what could be an answer – the Flings Bin. The bin is a little pop-up container that is light, completely portable, and in which you can toss your empty bottles and cans (ostensibly paper recycling too, but not at the same time – it would defeat the purpose). On their website, Flings Bins look pretty nice. They come in multiple sizes with amusing patterns or with the traditional green arrow thingy that means recycling. Reality however, as we all know, doesn't always match up with the ideal.