All recycling begins with a decision, a choice, an action. Residents decide what they should do with an item that they want to get rid of. That choice—either tossing the can, bottle, jar, newspaper, cardboard box into the trash or placing it into a recycling container—can have a significant impact on a community’s recycling efforts.
The right choice can lead to excellent results including environmental and financial success. The wrong choice can lead to big problems including low recycling rates, contamination of commodities at the material recovery facility (MRF), rejected loads at the mill, excessive operating costs and low production levels.
Getting residents to make the right choices every day is critical to the success of every recycling program. For that reason, education is a key component of the recycling process. Education is needed to making sure people know what to recycle, when to recycle, where to recycle and, most importantly, how to recycle. [Read more…]