Category Archives: Recycling Policy

Recycling programs in apartment complexes and multi family dwellings

  Most residential recycling programs focus on serving the single family household. There are many reasons for this. Many of these programs are funded through a tax assessment which is difficult to levy on multi family dwellings. There is a perception that apartment dwellers are less likely to recycle (although research shows demographics play little […]
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Increasing recycling behavior through community based social marketing

As with other initiatives that require community participation, there must be an attempt to educate, inform and involve the public in order to increase recycling behavior. Many recycling schemes appear to have been implemented on the ‘build it and they will come’ philosophy.  Successful programs, however, will put a significant amount of effort into education […]
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Why aren’t fast food restaurants recycling?

Go to any fast food restuarant and you will likely be left with almost as much waste in the form of packaging as you had food to eat. Much of that waste is recyclable…plastic drink bottles and cups, cardboard, plastic wrappers, etc. So why don’t these resturants have recycling options available in their stores? The […]
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Why recycling should be mandatory: More evidence from Danvers, Massachusetts

The town of Danvers, Massachusetts, started a mandatory recycling program in January of this year. In the first two weeks of the program the town doubled its recycling volume from 62 tons to 126 tons, providing further evidence of the benefits and why recycling should be mandatory. Danvers’ mandatory recycling program Under the new mandatory recycling […]
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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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