At least in Colombia, when you work in a company, you always see the same kind of environmental campaigns: don't throw garbage to the ground, throw the garbage to the trash can, separate the garbage before disposal, print the paper both sides, trees are life and so on.

In my office, we want a more creative approach.

I work as Security Officer in an important business center. But one day, my boss needed a different recycling campaign. She had listened that I have a double life: one as security expert and other as junk art sculptor. So, I came with the idea of integrate some of my sculptures with posters in strategical places, a conference of creative recycling and a R/C trash can robot whit related messages, showing to the community that you can decorate your office reusing and recycling everyday trash and transforming it in durable crafts.

Our motto: "And you, what are you doing with your trash? Reduce. Reuse. Recycle."

There is my R/C trash can robot working in the elevators hall of the building:

Before starting, don't forget the 3R of waste management: (source: Wikipedia)

Reduce: to buy less and use less. Incorporates common sense ideas like turning off the lights, rain barrels, and taking shorter showers, but also plays a part in composting/grasscycling (transportation energy is reduced), low-flow toilets, and programmable thermostats. Includes the terms Re-think, Precycle, Carpool, Efficient, and Environmental Footprint.

Reuse: elements of the discarded item are used again. Initiatives include waste exchange, hand-me-downs, garage sales, quilting, travel mugs, and composting (nutrients). Includes the terms laundry, repair, regift, and upcycle.

Recycle: discards are separated into materials that may be incorporated into new products. This is different from Reuse in that energy is used to change the physical properties of the material. Initiatives include Composting, Beverage Container Deposits and buying products with a high content of post-consumer material. Within recycling there is distinction between two types:
  •     Upcycle- converting low-value materials in high-value products (more desirable)
  •     Downcycle - converting valuable products into low-value raw materials (less desirable)

Step 1: Posters

I made some posters for the office, elevators and other strategic places. The idea is show to other people that you can reuse or upcycle the trash to make cool stuff. So I put pictures of art works around the globe (don't forget to show the credits) made of ordinary stuff.

If you don't have graphic design software, don't worry. I used Power Point.
I love the robot!
Thanks Holly!
what you should sooooo do is whoever doesnt recycle and throws recycleing in the rubbish- <br> <br>come out from around the corner and stalkthem with a sign that says &quot;why didnt you recycle&quot; <br>
Hehehehehehe! Good idea!<br>
its really cool but I think it would be better if you could program it to move around on its own instead of you having to control it.
Thanks! Good idea, but I preffer the control. It's very useful when you need to impress girls! :-)
So adorable! I missed this one also. I love the pictures of your office! They look so cute all lined up. You can tell they are loved! <br>sunshiine
Thank you very much, Sunshiine! :-)
I lovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelove him!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks Emily!!! :-)
your welcome :)
your welcome :)
MUAJAJAJAJAJAJA!!!<br><br>Gracias amigo!
Really awesome, you are a talented scrap artist for sure. <br> <br> <br> <br> <br>
Thanks Billie!!! :-)
Thanks Motoraton! :-)
Woooo!!!!! Espectacular,,,,
Gracias Jenny! :-)
Es maravilloso todo el talento que posees y que lo coloques al servicio del planeta, wow!!!!! <br>
Gracias Holmilla!! :-)
Awesome Instructable as always MC!
Thanks Shift!! :-)

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Bio: I'm Mario Caicedo Langer, from Colombia, former Navy officer and BSc in Naval Sciences. Right now I'm Technical Director and Technology Lead Teacher ... More »
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