Travel creates huge amounts of waste, and it is easy to understand why. The point of going on the road is to behave in a way that you would not at home. Plus the TSA regulations allowing only small bottles of toiletries lead to pesky plastic containers ending up landfill--or in a bird’s stomach.

During World Water Week in Sweden, I stayed at a Scandic Hotels property in central Stockholm. This little wastebasket is simple and genius. The apple cores pilfered from the breakfast end up in here, there is a section for containers, and then the main bin is for paper. Color coded and easy to figure out, the design is also seamless for the cleaning staff who have to quickly clean dozens of rooms day in and day out.

I have only seen recycling bins in a few boutique hotels in the USA and in Canada. More hotel chains love to talk about how sustainable they are; hotel recycling bins like this are a simple first step in tackling the problems of waste diversion.

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Recycling Bin, Scandic Grand Hotel

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.