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Max-R Blog | Embracing the Mundane | Wheel of Paper

Embracing the Mundane

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I want to change the world. It has been a rallying cry for folks entering the environmental field for a generation. As I near 25 years in this field, I realized something. That I have seen more programs fail, not because of a lack of big ideas, or great ideals, but because of mundane details.

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Max-R Blog | Compost Kin Part 2 | Plant Garden

Compost Kin, Part 2

CompostPlanningWaste and Recycling

Before embarking on such a program, you need to understand that composting is not the art of making food waste disappear out of a trash can. Composting is a specific biological process. Unfortunately, there are a lot of similar and related processes that too often get lumped together under the compost name.

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Max-R Blog | Aligning Chores, Part 1 | Plant in Book

Aligning Chores, Part 1

EducationOperationsWaste and Recycling

There are a lot of different materials to recycle on a college or university campus and a lot of steps needed to make recycling work. So how do you decide who does what tasks?

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Max-R Blog | The Bell Curve, An Interlude | Bell Curve Graph

The Bell Curve, An Interlude

Best PracticesSustainabilityWaste and Recycling

OK, so here’s the mea culpa where I realize that I have probably skipped a step during the time that I have been writing this blog. If you have never seen me speak publicly, there is a core tenet that I often talk about that I have found in my 20+ years of implementing recycling and materials sustainability programs. That is that there is a bell curve of participation.

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Max-R Blog | Beyond Sustainability Part 2 | Plant Leaf

Beyond Sustainability, Part 2

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How resilient is your campus? In part 1 of this post, I addressed some headwinds for the sustainability movement and suggested that resiliency may be a better alternative for many campuses.

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Max-R Blog | Cardboard Recycling & Student Move-In | Colorful Cardboard Box

Cardboard Recycling & Student Move-In

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Cardboard is coming. A lot of it. On campus terms, for many schools, you are looking at as much as an extra month’s worth of cardboard that arrives the first week when students move-in. So what do you do with it all?

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Max-R Blog | Recycling at Student Move | People in front of Recycling Logos

Recycling at Student Move-In

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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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Max-R Blog | A Segmented Approach to Recycling Education | Recycle Logo made with hands

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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Max-R Blog | Understanding Why | Earth Sustainability Logo

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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