Category Archives: Motivating Recycling Behavior

Bathroom Recycling: A matter of convenience?

Many consumers who are avid recyclers don’t practice recycling in the bathroom. The following article posits that the reason is a matter of convenience; most people don’t have recycling bins in the bathroom. Granted, this is true. I don’t have a recycling bin in the bathroom either, and I admit that it is a bit […]
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Closing the Loop on Recycling: Promoting Sustainable Consumption

Recycling is a popular environmental activity, even among people who would not consider themselves environmentally conscious. The increase in recycling across the US and elsewhere globally is a positive step towards a sustainable future. But if people don’t buy products made from the materials that are being recycled, then we aren’t closing the recycling loop.  To be truly […]
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Convincing People Why Recycling is Important: Focus on Emotions, Not Facts

How useful are facts in winning the argument about why recycling is important? Turns out when attempting to inspire action, recycling facts may put you at a disadvantage rather than giving you the winning edge. University of Kansas professor Simran Sethi postulates that when it comes to pursuading people to take action for a cause, throwing […]
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Research on recycling bins says they cause wasteful habits

Research on recycling habits finds that the presence of recycling bins actually increases peoples’ wastefulness. So says a cooperative study between Jesse R Catlin of The Paul Merage School of Business at University of California-Irvine and Yitong Wang of Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. The study, published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, is based on two […]
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Community Recycling Keys to Success

In recent posts we’ve reviewed four successful programs; the City of Clifton, New Jersey, the City of Beaverton, Oregon, the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, Florida.  These programs reside in different parts of the country and the programs are structurally different. So what makes them successful? […]
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Community Recycling Success Stories: Palm Beach County, Florida

Palm Beach County sits on Florida’s Gold Coast, a 45 mile stretch along the Atlantic shoreline named for the gold recovered from sunken Spanish galleons.  The region derives much of its annual income from tourism and agriculture, and is the largest producer of sugar in the United States.  Like Clifton, New Jersey, Palm Beach County […]
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Community Recycling Success Stories: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Arbor sits 40 miles west of Detroit on I-94 and is known primarily for being the home of the University of Michigan.  The community is affluent and highly educated with an astonishing 79 percent of residents possessing at least a bachelor’s degree(1) .  But Ann Arbor is also one of the most progressive Michigan communities […]
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Community Recycling Success Stories: Clifton, New Jersey

Clifton, New Jersey, is a suburban community of 78,000 residents ten miles west of New York City.  Clifton is the home of a nationally recognized recycling program, and was the recipient of the EPA Environmental Quality Award in 2007 as well as being named Local Government Partner of the Year at the 2009 EPA WasteWise awards.  Clifton recycles […]
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Community recycling success stories: Beaverton, Oregon

This is our first installment in the Community Success Stories series. Beaverton, Oregon,  is a community of 90,000 residents situated seven miles west of Portland just south of the Oregon/Washington border.  The local economy is driven by the technology and manufacturing industries, and the town itself has gained a reputation for being populated with highly […]
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Community recycling success stories

To determine which factors have the greatest impact on recycling behavior we must look at existing programs in various communities. What are successful organizations doing that works, and what are other organizations doing that limits the effectiveness of their programs?  Periodically we will analyze a community that stands out in the field of recycling. Many […]
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