One of the reasons is cost of:
In rural America - small towns can't always afford the start up capitol it takes to get a recycling program off the ground.
The easier it is to recycle - the more apt people are to do it.
Curb -side recycling and community trailers make recycling easier.
Why not re-use a vehicle that we once trusted to take our children to school - to now recover our cans, plastics and paper.
Step 1: An Oversimplified Recipe
Reinforce frame on passenger side
Cut 3 bays on the passenger side
Create some kind of dividing walls to separate - plastics - metal - paper
Convert side wall to swinging doors
Paint recycle green - add logo
Pick up cans - plastic - paper
Your design depends on your vehicle and your needs.
Step 2: Why a RecycleBus Instructable - Why Recyclebus.org
Org accounts were cheap this month
This web site is to encourage:
communities to start a recycling program with a small start up cost.
communities to "piggy-back" onto towns with existing recycling programs.
entrepreneurs to start their own recycling business.
Step 3: To Recycle
Ab outlet for the recyclables - Vendor
Step 4: The Basics of a Recycling Program Are:
A way to store recyclables
A way to deliver the recyclables to a vendor
Step 5: Conceivably the RecycleBus Could Perform All Three Basics
Friday morning - a driver and a thrower walk the town gathering curbside
If the RecycleBus is not full - It is parked back at the common place in town
If the RecycleBus is full - it is driven 15 miles to BigCity's recycling center
Parked back in Recycleville's common area
Step 6: Advantages of RecycleBus
They have had regular maintenance.
Every town has a bus mechanic or local service.
Recyclable recovery is about cubic space not weight.
Cost - Free to $2000.
True to the idea of recycling and re-using.
When it fails - there are more to convert.
The RecycleBus can double as a recycling point - placed near dorms, schools and grocery stores to allow those without curbside to recycle.
The first community in an area that embraces the idea - could become the pilot program (i.e. grants).
Recyclables are sold like commodities - prices rise and fall - done right a recycling program can support itself .
Step 7: Disadvantages of RecycleBus
Maintenance on a used vehicle
Maneuverability of a large bus
Step 8: Disadvantages of Using RecycleBus Like a Recycling Trailer
Steps may be needed to hoist recyclables into the bus
Step 9: Over Complicate Your RecycleBus
Building the RecycleBus as a High School shop project
Building the RecycleBus becomes a prison services project
Running the RecycleBus as a group project - Boy Scouts - Church - School Class - 4H
At the end of Fall have a weekend where you pickup bags of leaves curb side for a small fee - send to nearest composter
The week after Christmas - Pick up Christmas trees curbside for a small fee - send to nearest animal habitat
Step 10: Conclusions
The recycling business can be profitable - mining consumer waste
In nature there is no waste - the refuse of one animal is used by another
Recycling isn't hard - it is as simple as another garbage can in the house
A RecycleBus in your community is a good start