Technology Brings Independence
You may think of digital assistants as a convenience or novelty, but they can mean much more than that to a good portion of your residents. To the 1-in-5 people in North America with a disability, digital assistants are an equalizer.
Technology Brings Independence
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Voice-activated digital assistants have come a long way.
When they first came out, they only had the ability to set alarms or perform basic tasks. However, they can now order pizzas, create shopping lists, play music, turn lights on/off, tell you your local weather, and much more. As the technology makes its way into every resident's home, they will be streamlining more aspects of daily living, including helping residents recycle better - and recycle more accurately.
If you’re not already convinced, here are 5 reasons you should consider integrating your recycling program’s information with digital assistants now:
The holiday season usually brings lot of happiness – and waste. Did you know on average:
- Americans throw away 25% more garbage from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, resulting in 1 million EXTRA tons of waste during those few months?
- Canadians EACH add 100 lbs. of garbage to landfills after shopping, decorating, unwrapping and eating over the holidays?
- Australians spend over $1 billion on unwanted gifts that will eventually end up in landfill, contributing to the 30% increase in rubbish volumes?
So, let’s work together to reduce that, starting with some very relevant and useful tips for your residents.
You can provide these tips through your website, social media posts, or real-time notifications sent directly to your residents’ smartphones via Recycle Coach.
These tips can even be part of a larger annual campaign – such as the Metro Vancouver, Canada’s “Create Memories Not Waste” campaign that started in 2010. Six years later, in 2016, it appears to be having a sustainable impact. "We've definitely seen a trend and it is measurable," said Stephanie McCardle, who is a policy coordinator at Metro Vancouver.
Here are the top 12 tips to provide residents for a greener holiday season:
Let’s face it, technology moves fast. Today, there are more ways for residents to navigate the complicated world of recycling than ever before. From print, to web, to mobile, in the past it was easy to ensure that the information residents received about waste and recycling was coming directly from you.
However, there's now an explosive growth of chatbots and digital assistants such as Siri, Cortana, Alexa, and Google Home.
As a result, your residents are increasingly turning to a technology that you do not have a presence on for answers to their common waste and recycling questions.
With a few months left until the New Year (I know, time flies), many of have probably thought about – or are currently working on – reviewing your annual budget. With that comes the need to scrap ideas that aren’t working and the potential to add new resources to your solid waste program.
Limited time and an often already stretched budget means the key here is to pinpoint solutions that meet the demands of your program quickly and effectively.
Your Free Recycling Technology (EdTech) includes:
Recycle Coach is a set of communication tools that help municipalities reach residents with important recycling information.