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Max-R Blog | Recycling at Student Orientation | Recycling Team

Recycling at Student Orientation

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New students are coming. And when they get to campus, those first few hours, days, and weeks will be what they imprint on, and it will shape their entire college experience. If you can imprint positive recycling behaviors on them right away, those behaviors are likely to carry with them their entire time on campus. If you miss that window and they imprint on negative behaviors, you will spend the next 4 years overcoming that negative imprinting.

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Max-R Blog | A Picture Says 1,000 Words, Part 2 | Word Snippets

A Picture Says 1,000 Words, Part 2

Best PracticesRecycling ProcessWaste and Recycling

A bulletin board completely covered with posters. A cacophony of words and images passing by when you are already overloaded on words and images from hours of time reading textbooks, staring at a laptop or sitting in class. So how do you make your posters and promotional posters stand out? How do you make sure they are more than just white noise?

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Max-R Blog | A Picture Says 1,000 Words, Part 1 | Shapes Graphic

A Picture Says 1,000 Words, Part 1

Best PracticesRecycling TopicsWaste and Recycling

A sign on a recycling bin trying to convey information as you walk past. Yes a picture is worth a thousand words. But what words is that picture saying? Is it conveying the information that you want people to understand?

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Max-R Blog | Funding Your Recycling Program | Fundraising Key Words Graphic

Funding Your Recycling Program

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One of the cardinal mistakes that most people make is to assume that because you have a funding need and someone else has funding to give that you are automatically a good match. Too often, I think that presumption leads to frustration and ill will. A successful funding match needs a little more.

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Max-R Blog | Funding Your Recycling Program, Part One | Plants Growing On Coins

Funding Your Recycling Program, Part One

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In my earlier “Has Your Recycling Program Evolved” posts 1 and 2, I talked about the stages that each recycling program goes through in its evolution. One of the reasons that people often get stuck in one of the earlier phases is because of the capital investment required to advance to the next phase of the operation. So how do you get the funding that you need to advance to the next phase of your program?

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Max-R Blog | Targeting Your Message | Bottle POV

Targeting Your Message

Best PracticesRecycling ProcessRecycling Topics

Hopefully before reading this you have sorted out the who, what, when, where, why and how of your recycling education. Now, the best way to explain this is with some hunting references and analogies. For those of you who are opposed to hunting for food, before you start dusting off your old Ted Nugent hate mail to resend to me, and lest this content gets lost in any controversy about hunting, let’s assume I am talking about nature photography. The analogies work either way.

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Max-R Blog | Recycling PET Clamshells | Food in Disposable Container

Recycling PET Clamshells

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Clamshells have also been the bane of many campus environmental groups, a very visual sign of the wastes associated with grab-n-go dining, and the target of many environmental initiatives.

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Max-R Blog | I want a Pony: Recycling Logistics, Part 1 | Logistics Drawing

I Want a Pony: Recycling Logistics, Part 1

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Wanting to divert something is very different than being able to viably do so. Without an understanding of logistics, you run the risk that your recycling/solid waste/sustainable materials management master plan has little more viability than a condo-dwelling child’s “I want a pony” wish list to Santa.

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Max-R Blog | Compost Kin, Part 1 | Compost

Compost Kin, Part 1

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Food waste is one of the largest components left in the waste stream, especially in regions that have already enacted other recycling programs. As such, composting and related activities are one of the most popular “next steps” to many campus and municipal recycling program

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