The woman at the customer service counter said that she had asked management to put a recycle bin out there, but they refused. There wasn't a good reason given, and she, despite the manager's request, secretly put a recycling box i her customer service area.
Here is the email I sent to corporate headquarters; I'll be sure to post the response. If you want to write a similar letter, you can do so here:
And, if you're lookin' for more armchair activist work, give Greg Monda a call at 503-232-8844! Please post your letters and replies here!
"The other day I went to make photocopies at Fred Meyer on the corner of 39th Ave. and Hawthorne in SE Portland. As I was working on a flyer I made some mistakes and had some extra paper. Much to my dismay, there was no recycling container. So, I went to the customer service counter nearby, and a very nice woman took the paper for me and said that she would recycle it herself. She said that she had asked management to put a recycle bin out there, but they refused. Why would anyone put a trash can and not a recycle bin where paper will be disposed of? I will boycott your store until you come up with a recycle bin by your photocopier, and will ask all of my friends to do the same."