What is a Recycling Program?

What is a Recycling Program?
November 9, 2018 Stacey Wilson

We hear a lot of talk about implementing an effective recycling program in your home, school or office however there are a lot of people who don’t actually know what a recycling program is – so we’re here to help!

What is a Recycling Program?

A recycling program is a system that is set up in your home, school or office to effectively manage waste in the correctly. As we have spoken about previously in our ‘Why is it important to separate waste?’ blog it is extremely important that we recycle our waste effectively.

You can reduce your landfill waste by up to 85%. With the right recycling program you’re able to source separate and ensure that less is sent to landfill.

How do I start a Recycling Program?

Setting up an effective recycling program doesn’t have to be hard work, you can just follow these easy steps;

  • Raise awareness of your recycling program – start by speaking to the staff/students at your school or staff members in your office to raise the idea of setting up a recycling program. Gauge interest from them about who is passionate about helping set up the program and implement change to help better our environment.
  • Brainstorm and research materials that can be recycled – work with your team on creating a list of what items can be recycled, some ideas to consider would be;

o   Paper

o   Glass

o   Hard Plastic

o   Cardboard

o   Aluminium

o   Soft Plastics

o   Ink Cartridges

o   Batteries

o   Organic Waste

  • Create awareness materials for display – it is important to create materials that will support your new way of sorting waste and help educate your team. This could be an email that can be sent out to everyone explaining how the new system of managing waste is going to run moving forwards. You could include some facts on the serious issues our planet is facing due to the amount of items that are ending up in landfill. If you are looking for some clear, easy to use posters you can view the Ecobin range of educational posters here
  • Organise new bins for your home, school or office – in order to ensure that you have an effective recycling program you will need to update your bins if you do not already have the correct ones to use. This can be organised through speaking to your building manager, your cleaning company or going directly to Ecobin and we would be delighted to help you find the bins that will suit your needs.

Once you have completed these steps you are ready to launch your new recycling program and you can pat yourself on the back for taking the steps to help ensure that our future generations have a sustainable planet to live on!

Good luck and if you need any help, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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