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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: Use a ‘sticker of shame’?

There are many strategies for increasing recycling behavior in a residential program. Pay as you throw disposal systems, recycling incentives and mandatory recycling are techniques often employed. Officials in Revelstoke, British Columbia, have a different idea. Revelstoke recently launched a curbside recycling program. Previously residents were provided with recycling bins in which to collect their […]
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A brief history of recycling in the United States

Recycling is not a new concept.  Prior to the industrial revolution and the advent of the consumer society, reuse of household items was common.  But as our culture morphed from an agriculture-based society to a manufacturing-based one, consumer goods became plentiful and cheap.  By the 1950s Americans’ wasteful ways were beginning to catch up with […]
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