Improve Your Recycling Program
Evaluate Progress – Monitor your program regularly for best results.
- Watch and record fluctuations in waste collection over time. As you track your progress, you may notice that the trash dumpsters aren’t as full as they used to be. You may see that you need more recycling pickups than you anticipated.
- When you evaluate the level of recyclables compared to the level of trash, you will see if you can decrease the number of trash pickups in a week. This is how you can save money by recycling.
- Coordinate with your property manager to analyze waste costs. After the program has successfully been in place for a while, compare the cost of having strictly trash picked up versus the cost of combined trash and recycling pickup. You will find many different ways to utilize the cost savings.
- The more your recycling program is promoted, the better participation will be. Kick-off parties, recycling messages that are simple and concise, and surveys can boost program participation. High participation rates can be maintained when the recycling message is consistently reinforced. Provide recycling information in welcome packets so residents know recycling is a way of life in the community.
- Examples of educational materials are flyers, door hangers, brochures, and newsletters. Saint Louis County can provide some educational templates and materials for your use.
- Provide feedback to staff and residents. Let them know when participation increases and when they’re recycling correctly. Also communicate negative outcomes. Correct problems as they occur. Tell residents about contamination and why it is a problem.
Once your recycling program is up and running, you can consider putting more green initiatives into place. Your complex will reap the benefits of going greener when you reduce waste and energy consumption. Consider the suggestions below for your complex:
- Go paperless and use your website or email to correspond.
- Use print materials only for residents without a computer.
- Setting up a space for residents to compost.
- Use compact fluorescent light bulbs.
- Seal windows and doors by weather stripping.
- Purchase only appliances with Energy Star rating.
- Recover reusable construction materials when renovating units.
- Implement sustainable designs when renovating units.
Green tips for residents:
- Purchase reusable items.
- Unplug appliances when not in use.
- Set the thermostat at a low temperature when no one is home.
- Use safe alternatives instead of harsh household chemicals.
- Conserve water.