How Can I Improve Recycling at Home?
If you’re trying to improve recycling at home, there are a few ways to make this process more successful. These strategies include identifying potential sources of contamination for your recycling, targeting individuals in your community to encourage more recycling, and establishing a more convenient collection schedule. You can also improve recycling in your household by encouraging your family to recycle and encouraging them to do it. There are many options. Keep reading for some useful tips.
Lessons learned from NRCM’s waste policy expert
The rise of policy has also driven greater innovation in waste reduction, and the experience of one council demonstrates this trend. The city of Canterbury-Bankstown, for example, has a 26% contamination rate, a projected population of 360,500 by 2020, and a rapidly expanding immigrant footprint – nearly 44% of residents speak limited English. In response, the council worked with a specialist in waste management to develop sustainable solutions for non-mineral operations. The waste policy expert helped to develop a process for reviewing existing practices.
International trade can play a valuable role in waste management, setting examples for the best practices of other nations. Although the expert at NRCM noted that waste policy is a “wicked issue” that inevitably affects international trade, there are some lessons to be learned from New Zealand’s experience. One way is to design smart cities programs to address waste management and identify local solutions. It also suggests developing a circular economy and tackling the problems that lie within it.
Strategies to avoid contamination in your home’s recycling
Food contamination is one of the main causes of contamination in recycling. In addition to destroying the integrity of your recyclables, a dirty recycling container attracts vermin, which can cause major problems for your local recycling facility. Separate your recyclables according to number and shape to prevent contamination. Get rid of any extra items. These are just a few simple ways to reduce contamination in your home’s recycling. The key to keeping your recycling bin clean is to check the contents frequently and separate the recyclables.
Make sure you have a system for sorting things before you throw away anything. You can make sorting easier by labeling containers. Adding a picture to your recycling container will help you to distinguish what type of recyclables you have. Remember that contaminants can make your materials unprocessable if they are present in your recycling stream. You can also take precautions to prevent contamination by reducing the amount of single-use plastic you use.
Targeting people to encourage recycling
Although factors that influence household recycling behaviour are well documented and more widely studied, the factors that affect behaviour at work are less well understood. For example, the success of a recycling scheme depends on its communication strategy, not just its design. A successful communication campaign must address the barriers that keep people from recycling. Sometimes, even the best communication strategy can fail to make a recycling program work, such as poor quality advertisements or a lackluster facility.
In addition, people tend to follow the path of least resistance. People may not recycle at home if it is too difficult. This problem can be overcome by placing a recycling bin right next to the trash cans. People will only need to take a few seconds to decide whether to recycle. For even more convenience, check out a recycling collection program in your area. People will be able to recycle their waste if they have regular access to their bins.
Recycling events in the community
A number of community events are held each year throughout Central Contra Costa County to encourage recycling at home. These events could include concerts in parks, parades and farmers’ markets, performing art, and sporting events. California State Law AB 2176 requires that recycling is done at these events. This law encourages recycling planning during the design process and mandates a reduction of 50 percent in waste going to landfills. Not only does recycling at these events save landfill space, but it also helps the community meet its annual diversion goals.
You can give recycling lessons in classrooms and auditoriums. Volunteers are needed to monitor the stations and ensure that they don’t mix recyclables. Include contact information for delayed pick-ups or questions about public space waste. Community events will have a greater chance of success if they are tied to local residents’ benefits. The most influential change agents are young people, so it is important to establish a recycling culture early on.