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A multi-channel approach to recycling communications

Posted by Tyler Munro on Thursday, December 20, 2018 3:25 PM

We’re exposed to more information in one day than someone would have been over the course of their entire life in the 15th century. Granted, the medieval mind didn’t exactly have a lot of things to focus on: the plague, tending the crops, the plague, harvesting the crops… you catch the drift.

It’s no wonder we’ve become so selective about what we pay attention to and what we choose to ignore. There’s just way too much information floating around out there. Naturally, this makes it harder to communicate. For one, you’re competing for your residents’ attention. Not only that, but because they’re so overwhelmed with information, they’ve become far more selective about what they’ll engage with.

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Topics: Community Outreach, Recycling Outreach

5 reasons why your recycling program isn't performing

Posted by Tyler Munro on Thursday, November 29, 2018 12:13 PM

Getting your recycling program to achieve peak performance is no small feat. If you’re already there, kudos (also, what’s your secret… seriously?).

The struggle is real. Whether you’re fighting an uphill battle against recycling apathy in your community, struggling to hit your diversion rate targets, or looking for creative ways to do more with less, there’s no shortage of hurdles stopping you from hitting your goals. Sadly, there’s a shortage of good solutions, and there’s certainly no one-size-fits-all fix.

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Topics: Recycling Barriers, Recycling Rate, Community Outreach

Make your program better with 'What goes where?'

Posted by Tyler Munro on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 8:30 AM

The best weapon against contamination is recycling knowledge. When residents know what is and isn’t recyclable in your community, they make smarter disposal decisions, which directly benefits your solid waste program. 

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Topics: Community Outreach, Resident Outreach, Recycle Coach Technology, What goes where?, contamination

Prepping your residents for long weekend collection changes

Posted by Tyler Munro on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 9:31 AM

If you find yourself thinking about work over the holidays, you’re not doing it right.

Unfortunately, for too many frontline staffers in municipal solid waste, this is reality. That’s because holidays mean collection schedule changes in most communities. And when residents aren’t prepared for these changes, they turn to you. Which means, instead of enjoying a carefree long weekend filled with R&R, you’re spending time worrying about whether residents know when to bring their trash out.

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Topics: collection changes, Community Outreach, holiday schedule changes, curbside collection, Resident Outreach, Recycle Coach Technology

Boosting recycling outreach in rural areas

Posted by Tyler Munro on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 9:00 AM

A well-run recycling program is a thing of beauty. There’s no denying that. But getting your program to easily respond to changes in the recycling market while continuing to offer an efficient service to the public can be… well, challenging. This is especially true in small communities, where population, density, and tax base are lower.

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Topics: Recycling Outreach, Community Outreach, Resident Outreach, rural recycling

Residential Composting in Southgate, ON

Posted by Recycle Coach on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 1:30 PM

Composting is a valuable part of any municipal solid waste program because it diverts materials from landfills and incinerators. In Canada, over 60% of households participated in some type of composting program in 2011. In this article, we share what one community in Ontario is doing to grow its residential composting program and how it contributes to its diversion goals.

With 2,300+ households, the Township of Southgate in Ontario is a small rural municipality that has implemented an effective residential composting program. Tracey Dupuis in the Public Works Department works closely with the community to increase organic collection and composting with education and outreach programs.

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Topics: composting, residential composting, International Compost Awareness Week, southgate, on, windrow composting method, Organics Origami, organics, food waste, residential composting program, Community Outreach

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