When I started working at Bullseye there was no "sort all trash" requirement. When my city passed that law a task that used to take 30 seconds (put the trash in the compactor) now took 3 hours (locate 3 trash cans sort all trash bags in to compost, plastic or other.)
The process has been in place for years, my crew has gotten used to it (even if we cheat sometimes.)
A few days ago our Kings and Queens at the head office bought a compost machine. So now all departments send food waste back on the truck in a designated plastic tub and the compost machine does it.
Problem; what about non food compost? Cups, napkins, trash from the cafe, etc?
I was first told, "Don't worry you get to keep your compost bin outside."
One day I come in and the compost bin is gone. I'm freaking out. Where do I put the 100 pound food waste from the cafe and the break room and the front of the store.
No one had an answer. The next day was my day off so when I came in to see the bin still gone I'm having a melt down. Twin (my male co-worker with the same birthday as me) was there yesterday and did the logical/default method: He filled 4 trash cans full of compost.
The receiving dock managers, Outlander (because he runs the out lands of the store) tell me they have a visit with reps from corporate who want to see how lovely and efficient the new compost system is. He made me a promise; he would get answers. I go gather carts, to get fresh air and clear my head.
I see the visitors arrive and when they leave I locate Outlander. "You're not going to believe this," he's in shock. "You know how our city has a law that we must recycle and compost, and if the city was to check out compactor - as they have done several times- we can get fined in the $10,000 range?"
"Yeah, I've seen it happen," I knew his next word were going to make my day.
"Corporate says you and your crew no longer need to separate trash, everything goes in the compactor. In fact, because we ran out of the new food tubs, all of the food that was supposed to go to the compost machine ALSO can go in the compactor, " He threw up his hands.
Corporate was authorizing us to break the law.
I was jumping up and down screaming out of joy. Corporate took away the tool I needed to do my job correctly and they essentially said "go ahead and cheat, it's cheaper for us in the long run."
In retail you have to find joy in the little things.