7 Ways to Make 2017 Your Best Year for National Recycling Week

Posted by Julie Huang on Monday, October 2, 2017 9:34 AM

Every year, it is estimated that the average Australian family produces enough rubbish to fill a three-bedroom house, producing about 2.25 kg of waste each per day(1). So, it’s more important than ever to promote a successful National Recycling Week that will hopefully encourage your residents to divert more waste for the rest of the year. 

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With this year’s National Recycling Week coming up on Monday, November 13th through Sunday, November 19th  2017, here are 7 impactful ways to help you make this year the best one yet:

  1. Win-Win Contests
  • Perform random inspections of recycling bins during the week – and those households sorted correctly can be entered to win a gift card or a local prize, such as free groceries.
  • Designate certain locations around the city (such as parks, school campuses) and those caught using a reusable water bottle or mug have a chance to win a prize.
  • 21 - Old Laptops and Computers.jpgHost a contest related to your key National Recycling Week message. For example, if one of your messages is to keep e-waste out of the landfill, then challenge your residents and schools to bring in as many old computers, TVs, laptops and accessories as possible. The person and/or school that brings in the most devices wins a prize.

If you’re looking for a computer/laptop/TV/accessories drop-off program for your local council, click here to visit Tech Collect. For cell phone and accessory drop-off options, click here to visit Mobile Muster.

  1. Tip of the Day

People are bombarded with information all the time. So, focus on one important tip – something you want them to do – each day, or even one message for the entire week and just drive it home.

Topics can revolve around paper towels, disposable coffee pods, food waste, produce bags, fixing broken items, or as simple as choosing ice cream cones over cups and spoons.

Some great ideas for tip of the day can be found on Planet Ark’s website.  

  1. “The children are our future” – So Get Them Involved!

Ensure that students are a big target of your National Recycling Week campaigns.

How can you target them?

  • 19 - Getting children involved in recycling.jpgSpeak at local schools. Talk about the schools’ waste reduction initiatives and events planned for National Recycling Week.

This can be creating recycled crafts, creating a recycling board for the classroom (you can supply them with the correct information and offer to check), or have students help implement and manage a recycling/composting program in the school. 

According to Enviroweek, on average, a child who has a disposable lunch generates three pieces of rubbish per day. This equals a monstrous 30kg of waste per child per year!

Remember, as DJ, a science teacher at Glenelg School in Abu Dhabi puts it:

“It’s never too early to educate students on the benefits of recycling. The younger you start, the more natural it becomes and eventually it is just second nature.

  1. Involve Your Residents in the Recycling Process

Offer free tours of your Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) if possible. You can also offer free shuttle buses from schools to encourage students to participate. This encourages residents to take more accountability for what they throw into the garbage instead of an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality.

If you’re unable to offer a tour of your MRF, there’s an option to take a virtual tour through this website or via this YouTube video by ACT.

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  1. Workshops Work

There’s nothing quite like being there in-person, along with other like-minded individuals, learning how to do something from an expert. So, host some workshops for your residents:

  • Composting demonstration (you can provide free worms as an incentive and provide personalized recommendations on a compost system best for each attendee)
  • Repair workshops
  • Waste free living

  1. Let Your Residents Help Spread Your Message

The more people and channels you use to spread your message, the bigger the reach and impact you’ll have in your region. Free ways you can do this include:

  • Provide residents with materials they can bring to their work place, schools, neighbours, and more. This can include downloadable posters, flyers, e-postcards, and other ads.
  • Encourage residents to tweet tips and/or why they recycle using a specific hashtag for your municipality. It should be short, memorable and unique. You and any resident will be able to see all tips and posts tagged with that unique hashtag.
  1. Say YES to Fun and Social Activities

Show that National Recycling Week can be fun for the whole family:

  • Screen movies/videos related to waste reduction at a local theatre, such as a library theatre or a make-shift theatre at city hall. Good titles include Just Eat It (A 75-minute documentary film about food waste and food rescue by Peg Leg Films) and Minimalism (A documentary about how your life might be better with less).

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 What things will you be doing for this year's National Recycling Week? Feel free to share them in the comments below.

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