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5 Reasons to Integrate Your Recycling Information With Digital Assistants

Posted by Julie Huang on Oct 31, 2017 9:24:44 AM

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:

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Topics: Recycling Outreach, Recycle Coach Technology

12 Tips to Give Your Residents for a Greener Holiday Season

Posted by Julie Huang on Oct 30, 2017 2:46:13 PM

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:

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Topics: Recycling Education, Recycle Coach Technology

Residents Are Turning to Digital Assistants For Recycling information

Posted by Julie Huang on Oct 24, 2017 12:15:44 PM

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.

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Topics: Recycling Outreach, Recycle Coach Technology

Free Recycling Technology (EdTech) That Won't Cost a Dime of Your Budget

Posted by Julie Huang on Aug 18, 2017 8:31:38 AM

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.

So, to save you time and to provide some insight, here’s a new resource you can add to your 2018 budget—recycling education technology (EdTech) solutions – which Recycle Coach offers for FREE.  

Your Free Recycling Technology (EdTech) includes:

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Topics: Recycle Coach Technology, Budgets

How Recycle Coach Technology Can Help Raise Recycling IQ

Posted by Danielle Heifa on Aug 8, 2017 12:58:46 PM

Recycle Coach is a set of communication tools that help municipalities reach residents with important recycling information.

If you’d like to learn how these tools can help you in your recycling education efforts, here is a list of Recycle Coach features that can help raise the recycling IQ of your residents…

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Topics: Recycling Education, Recycle Coach Technology

Are You Meeting Your Residents' Mobile Expectations for Trash and Recycling?

Posted by Julie Huang on Apr 10, 2017 7:00:00 AM

On average, online users in the US currently spend over 5 hours each day on their mobile devices (that’s pretty much half a day!).

Along with a surge in the time spent on mobile devices, 83% of users are also expecting a user-friendly experience across all devices - - this refers to everything from smartphones to tablets. Accessibility is so important that if users have trouble accessing a website via mobile, 61% are unlikely to return.

This trend could mean residents will resort to calling in with redundant questions related to your trash and recycling program - - taking up more of your time (and not to mention you’ll end up with a lot of frustrated residents).

What are most common issue users are running into when accessing a website from mobile?

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Topics: Recycling Outreach, Recycle Coach Technology

How Recycling EdTech Can Tune Residents Into Your Program (For Free)

Posted by Danielle Heifa on Jan 4, 2017 6:00:00 AM

It’s difficult to hold an entire public program on your shoulders. Additinonally, in the weeks and months that make up your year, there is often not a lot of time for new program ideas or inspiration. Combatting recycling complacency is a challenge, but there are free resources available today, that can improve your residents recycling habits while alleviating some of your job pressures.

The Recycle Coach Inform Account is a free package that provides your residents with a one-stop digital shop for all recycling and waste related information in their municipality. 

The free package includes a customizable smartphone app and web app (for your website and Facebook page) specifically tailored to your program by providing residents with:

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Topics: Recycling Outreach, Recycle Coach Technology

How Recycle Coach Technology (EdTech) Maximizes Your Recycling Program’s Reach

Posted by Danielle Heifa on Nov 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Data shows that only an average of 16% of residents visit their municipality’s website for recycling information.

But what about the remaining 84%? 

Reaching more residents by using a multitude of outreach channels is a sure-fire strategy to building a comprehensive communications plan. And to help you do this, Recycle Coach offers a set of tools that enables you to maximize your recycling programs reach efficiently. 

How Recycle Coach technology (EdTech) can help you build an audience for your program, drawing attention and eyeballs to the right recycling information all year.

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Topics: Recycle Coach Technology

How to Build Your Recycling Network - Part I

Posted by Tanya Gough on Nov 21, 2016 5:00:00 AM

Part One: Subscription Lists, Recycling Networks, and Why They Matter

You’ve built your municipal waste and recycling program, but contamination rates are still through the roof and your compliance numbers are dismal. Or maybe you’re getting traction, but not as much as you should.

What do you do? Start by looking at your resident communication and referral network and evaluate your distribution system. Your residents can’t comply if they can’t be reached, no matter how well-crafted your message is or how elegant your collection system might be. 

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Topics: Recycling Outreach, Recycle Coach Technology

How Recycle Coach Can Boost Attendance at Your City-Wide Garage Sale

Posted by Danielle Heifa on Sep 26, 2016 9:04:21 AM

Recycle Coach is a set of communications tools that help municipalities get the word out about their recycling programs. If you’ve been following along in our blog, part of executing an effective recycling program, is learning how to plan successful recycling events.

As we’ve outlined, one of the easiest and most cost-effective events to coordinate is the city-wide garage sale, and part of the planning process is marketing your sale. Recycle Coach can help you with this part of the process, boosting attendance at your city-wide event (both vendors and shoppers) and thus, improving your sale’s success.

Here are some ways that Recycle Coach can help your city-wide garage sale boost attendance: 

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Topics: City Wide Garage Sales, Recycling Events, Recycle Coach Technology