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3 Ways To Get Your Residents and Businesses Excited About Earth Hour

Posted by Angela La Gamba on Thursday, March 15, 2018 12:27 PM

Did you know that Earth Hour is happening on Saturday, March 24 this year? Over 10 years ago, Earth Hour started as a symbolic event in Australia to help inspire people to get involved in helping the planet.

Today, this event has become a global phenomenon as the largest grassroots movement for the environment. 180 countries are expected to participate in Earth Hour this year by dimming or turning off lights from 8:30 to 9:30 pm in their local time zones.

We’ve put together three helpful ways that you can encourage your residents and local businesses to participate in this symbolic global event.

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Topics: Recycling Education, Recycling, Social Media, Facebook, Twitter, Earth Hour

Encourage Your Residents To Recycle This Spring By Using Social Media

Posted by Angela La Gamba on Thursday, March 8, 2018 12:38 PM

With Spring rapidly approaching, you and your residents may be thinking about getting organized and disposing of unwanted materials. There are two events in March – Organize Your Home Office Day and Global Recycling Day – that we think may get your residents excited about recycling and using the Recycle Coach platform.

For each event, we've provided examples of social media messages that you and your team can use on Facebook and Twitter.

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Topics: Recycling Education, Organize Your Home Office Day, Recycling, Social Media, Facebook, Global Recycling Day, Twitter

How Digital Assistants Help People with Disabilities

Posted by Julie Huang on Friday, March 2, 2018 8:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Recycling Education, Recycle Coach Technology, Older Populations, For Municipalities in Canada, For Municipalities in the USA, digital assistants, North America, United States, Canada, compliance, Google Home, Alexa, Google, contamination, accessible information, voice search

12 Tips to Give Your Residents for a Greener Holiday Season

Posted by Julie Huang on Monday, October 30, 2017 2:46 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 Wednesday, September 13, 2017 1:45 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 Tuesday, August 29, 2017 3:41 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

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