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We all know what recycling is … but what about unrecycling?

Unrecycling bin

How do you unrecycle something? Does the Chinese government fill up the can with trash and require pedestrians to take some with them? That’s my assessment after seeing this puzzling unrecycling logo:

Unrecycling bin logo

I’d love to learn the real usage, or just read your guesses.

via boingboing

13 Responses to “Unrecycling – the Wave of the Future?”

  1. on 06 Apr 2007 at 10:11 pm Pavlos

    I think this is quite obvious. The ‘recycling’ can is for recyclable trash and the ‘unrecycling’ can is for unrecyclable trash.

    It simply can not be anything else, can it?

  2. on 06 Apr 2007 at 10:31 pm youshouldgetchecked

    you throw it in one, spits it out the other after you’ve left.

    Genius! a person walks by and see the trash on the ground. they pick it up, china looks like they care about recycling, the person feels like a do-gooder. little do they know, after they leave, the trash is spit out again for the next person walking along to feel like a good little environmentalist!

    or the vis-versa where a nature hating, tree-burning bastard decides “f*** the environment, these babies are going to the landfill

    either that or a bored sign logo designer needed an excuse to keep his job.

    i like the look of rejection/denialation those arrows have

  3. on 07 Apr 2007 at 12:15 am Bob T Bear (esq)

    It’s a “drive-thru”.

    Trash goes in one side, the MacDonalds Fillet O’ Fish Burger comes out the other.



  4. on 07 Apr 2007 at 12:59 am Bunk

    Have you actually met “…a nature hating, tree-burning bastard…” Good God, bro! Lighten up!

  5. on 07 Apr 2007 at 2:21 am Unrecycling Bin Spotted in China

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  6. on 07 Apr 2007 at 4:26 am Freelance Cynic

    Maybe the word ‘Trash’ is too harsh to describe non recyclable waste. Maybe it upsets the old plastic bottles…

  7. on 07 Apr 2007 at 6:36 am Wolfhard

    Really bad English (Chinglish) seems to be a problem in China:

  8. on 07 Apr 2007 at 11:11 am Anthony

    Thanks for clearing that up wolf… :)

    I was wondering what unrecycling would be myself…

    The Insane Membrane

  9. on 07 Apr 2007 at 1:05 pm Dance

    It means trash.

  10. on 09 Apr 2007 at 5:54 pm webmiztris

    Pavlos is right, but it’s still funny. :)

  11. on 11 Apr 2007 at 2:04 am Deadly Computer Blog » Unrecycle

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  12. on 28 Sep 2008 at 8:20 pm Carp Flounderson

    Now you’re thinking with portals!

  13. on 05 May 2010 at 6:14 am Max

    Like one person has already commented, the first sign on the can says “able to be recycled” or for simplicity “recyclable”. On the next sign, you can see the additional character (said like “boo”) which just means “no” or “not”…”Not recyclable”. Still, too often here in China, the original message is a little lost in translation, such as the sign getting onto the train saying “slip and fall carefully” or on the bathroom door of the train “cut off your finger”. It’s starting to be a hobby for me to take pictures of the signs :) .

    Thanks for your delightful blog.

    Max in China

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