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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

4 Recycling Practices Around the World That You Can Learn From for 2018

Posted by Julie Huang on Sep 13, 2017 1:45:49 PM

Public interest in recycling around the world has jumped significantly in the last decade across industrialized nations. This can be attributed to a variety of factors such as concerns about preserving limited landfill space, reducing water pollution, protecting wildlife and more.

As a response, municipal governments and private waste management organizers have implemented different strategies ranging from banning recyclables from landfills to encouraging consumers to buy more recycled products to making throwing out waste more expensive. However, no single policy is the complete solution to increasing waste diversion rates though most policies include a combination of goals, financial incentives and public education.

Below are a few successful recycling practices from 4 different places that may provide some inspiration for your program:

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Topics: Recycling Education, Recycling Outreach

4 Steps to Improving Low Waste Diversion Rates

Posted by Julie Huang on Aug 29, 2017 3:41:22 PM

4 Ways to Improve Low Waste Diversion Rates

Municipalities are continuously being challenged to divert more waste from landfills and reduce their carbon footprint. Factors that add to the pressure include tight budgets, societal pressure to conserve, limited landfill space, and the time and money it takes to establish new landfill space.  

In short, it can be challenging to reach diversion goals. So here are 4 steps you can take to help you conquer low waste diversion rates and hopefully meet (and exceed) your targets. 

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Topics: Recycling Education, Recycling Outreach

4 Reasons Residents Suffer From Recycling Overconfidence

Posted by Danielle Heifa on Aug 8, 2017 1:22:48 PM

Recycling overconfidence and the disconnect between perceived knowledge and real life know how is prevalent across North America.

2014 poll showed the disconnect between American’s perceived recycling knowledge and actual recycling practice:

  • 67 percent said they were clear on what materials go into a recycling bin or cart, yet
  • 20 percent admitted to placing an item into a recycling bin or cart even when they are not completely sure it is recyclable,
  • and 9 percent admitted they have put trash in a recycling bin or cart when their trash bin or cart was full

Recycling overconfidence makes your job harder. How are you supposed to teach residents if they think they know it all?

While the solution is not simple, the good news is, that a little awareness on your end, can go a long way.

Understanding why residents are over confident might just be the antidote to getting past this cumbersome hurdle. So to help you get ahead of the curve -

Here's why residents suffer from over confidence when it comes to recycling:

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Topics: Recycling Education, Recycling Outreach

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

7 Killer Resources for Your Recycling Outreach

Posted by Julie Huang on Jun 22, 2017 1:10:56 PM

An unlimited budget to spend on improving your solid waste and recycling programs would be ideal – however, this isn’t the reality for most.

Don’t let that discourage you though! There are still many amazing, free resources out there that will help you:

  • Educate your residents,
  • Boost communication with your residents,
  • Reduce redundant phone calls about waste and recycling collections, and
  • Stay up to date with the latest news in the solid waste and recycling industry

- without using any of your budget!

Here’s a list of 7 awesome free resources for your recycling outreach:

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Topics: Recycling Education, Recycling Outreach

The Shocking Truth About Textile Waste

Posted by Julie Huang on Jun 12, 2017 5:37:00 AM

Textile waste is now estimated to be the fastest growing waste stream in many countries.

This is a result of today’s fast fashion and array of inexpensive clothes, purses, footwear, towels, and more that make textiles easily replaceable – and easily disposable.


The Council for Textile Recycling estimates the average American generates 70 lbs. (approx. 32 kg) of textile waste a year. This results in a whopping 25 billion pounds of textiles sent to the landfill in a year! Australia falls close behind with experts estimating that the average Australian sends 51 lbs. or 23 kg of textile waste per person to the landfill each year. Unfortunately, within North America and Australia, 85% of textile waste goes to landfills (of which most can be recycled) and a surprising 15-16% of textile waste is recycled or donated.

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Topics: Recycling Education, Recycling Outreach

6 Secrets to Turn Non-Recycling Residents into Active Recyclers

Posted by Julie Huang on Apr 25, 2017 10:53:41 AM

Only half (51%) of the American population recycles every day, while a third (36%) recycles occasionally. Unfortunately, the rest (13%) do not recycle at all, according to Ipsos Public Affairs. While 13% may not seem like a large number, when that translates into approximately 42,000,000 Americans – the impact is serious.

“Recycling is a behavior. Much like exercising or eating healthily, people often engage in this behavior less than they should”, according to Brian Iacoviello, an assistant psychiatry professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

However, humans are hardwired to respond more to instant gratification. This means these non-recyclers often don’t see the immediate benefits (and consequences) of not recycling and it can be challenging to make the connection between their daily behaviors and the long-term effects.

Don’t let that discourage you though!

Here's how to motivate residents to recycle:

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Topics: Recycling Education, Recycling Outreach

How do College Students Really Feel About Recycling?

Posted by Tanya Gough on Feb 12, 2017 10:00:00 AM

People make a lot of assumptions about today’s youth, college and university students in particular. “Millennials are lazy, entitled and self-absorbed,” an early Time Magazine article screamed. But the truth is far more complex, and the current college crowd continues to defy the stereotypes.  

So, how to college students really feel about recycling?

Well, the good news is that today’s young people have grown up with a sense of global awareness about sustainability and the importance of green living. There are also aspects of their collective behaviors that, properly directed, can turn them into leaders for positive, sustainable change.

The downside is that students still aren’t recycling as much as they should, so we decided to take a look at their overall attitudes to see why this is the case. As it turns out, most of the barriers to recycling for students are much the same as everyone else’s. The 5 key issues inhibiting student recycling are:

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Topics: Recycling Education, For Municipalities with a University or College

Engaging College Students in Municipal Recycling Programs

Posted by Tanya Gough on Nov 21, 2016 2:00:00 AM

Running a municipal recycling awareness program is always a challenge.  Residents are increasingly difficult to reach due to busy schedules, and accessibility is reduced thanks to the wide range of communication channels they use. Meanwhile, your landfill is beyond capacity and special waste collection events are under-attended. 

Perhaps it’s time to focus some attention on the colleges and universities in your area and engage college students in municipal recycling programs. 

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Topics: Recycling Education, Recycling Outreach, For Municipalities with a University or College