How To Start A Recycling Program

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1. Commit To Recycling – A recycling program needs approval and support from those at the top. And that means support by the school principal, staff and students or by Owners or top management.
2. Recycling Coordinator – A Recycling Coordinator is vital to the success of the recycling program. The Recycling Coordinator should be someone who is enthusiastic and has good communication and organizational skills. The Recycling Coordinator serves as the point-of-contact between the organization and the waste hauler.
3. Determine what you are going to be collecting, how and where – Are you going to be collecting just bottles and cans, or all recyclable materials. Make sure to communicate this fact to your classmates and/or office mates. Designate a specific location for each type of recycling container and require that containers be returned to its designated location after emptying. Always place recycling bins next to trash containers, otherwise recycling containers will have higher contamination. Explain to staff and students how to keep recyclables separate from waste, and where various containers are located.
4. Plan how the recyclable will be moved from inside collection containers to the outside dumpster – Each organization is responsible for collecting recyclables from inside their building and placing them in the external recycling dumpster. Determine who (custodian staff, student club, etc.) will collect recyclables from the inside containers, and how and when collection will take place. Monterey City Disposal (or your local waste hauler) will pickup the recyclables from the external recycling container and transporting them to the Recycling Facility.
5. Involve, train and motivate – Involve as many staff & custodial service representatives as possible. Distribute clear and easy-to-follow guidelines on what can and cannot be recycled. Where possible, provide incentives such as office and/or classroom competitions or integrate recycling into office and classroom curriculum, staff meetings or vendor contracts. Publicize the program's success.
6. Monitor your Recycling Program – Monitor trash and recycling containers to ensure that recyclables are being placed in the recycling dumpster and not the trash dumpster. Also, check to ensure that trash is NOT going into the recycling containers.
7. Buy recycled! – Purchase items that are recyclable and that have a recycled material content. Eliminate the use of disposables whenever possible. Remember you are not closing the loop on recycling unless you buy recycled materials again.

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