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Recycling at Student Move-In

EducationRecycling TopicsWaste and Recycling

New students are coming. 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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A Segmented Approach to Recycling Education

Recycling Topics

What is the goal of your education program? Who is your target audience? What do you hope to accomplish with your education program? Do you have the right tools and approach to get what you need?

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Understanding Why

EducationOperationsWaste and Recycling

In my last post, I focused on the critical role that information plays in your recycling program. But there is one big piece that information doesn’t cover. That is why. There are a lot of different parts of “why”, depending on what you intend to do with it.

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Everything I Know I Learned from Where?

EducationOperationsWaste and Recycling

One of the trickiest parts of running recycling or sustainability on a college or university campus is education. Implementing recycling education at an institution whose very mission is education runs into a lot of potential pitfalls and conflicts.

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Learning to Bunt

EducationPlanningWaste and Recycling

What did you do today to help get some runners on base and some points on the board?

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Getting Home Safely

OperationsPlanningWaste and Recycling

In my decades in the recycling field, I have seen a lot of facilities, seen a lot of recycling plans, and had a lot of conversations about recycling programs. Yet one that will always stick with me was on a tour of a recycling processing facility in which there was an operations manager who said very proudly, “our number one goal is to make sure our people get home safe at the end of the day.”

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It’s Nothing Personal

Best PracticesPlanningRecycling Topics

Beyond personal interests and motivations though, there is a series of “business decisions” that drive all of the decision-making at any institution or business. Understanding these drivers is often the key to getting the support that you need for your program.

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Balance Recycling Drivers

PlanningSustainabilityWaste and Recycling

We focus a lot on making recycling easy. We try to make it easy for waste generators to recycle. We try to make it easy to understand. We try to make recycling bins easy to find. Hopefully we focus on trying to make it easy for staff to collect. Yet somehow, too often, we forget to make recycling easy to support. Making your program easy to support is critical to getting the administrative support that you need to sustain the program.

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Paved with Good Intentions

Waste and Recycling

As I noted in my last couple of posts, recycling rates do have value as a benchmarking tool. So how did we get to a point where folks are decrying recycling rates and calling for their end? This is really a case of the road to Hell being paved with good intentions.

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