Keeping it all in perspective with a little help
Mike Cassidy writes about how Santa Clara University has changed the way staff and students look at garbage through a simple little inversion. Offices now have standard waste baskets that are used for recycling and small little side baskets for garbage. It's a little "nudge" to make you think about what goes into the landfill. To further drive the point home, janitorial staff will empty the recycling bin, but they won't empty the garbage can. That is the responsibility of staff. It definitely makes you aware of how much you are throwing away if you have frequently get up and dump your garbage.
Now not everyone is happy about it, but I think that's the point. A lot of people aren't happy about ever growing landfills. Simple solutions exist, we just need a change of perspective.