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 GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also 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. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include 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 leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.