How to Encourage Recycling on Campus

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How to Encourage Recycling on Campus

Keeping your campus clean and beautiful is a priority for colleges and universities. But that can be a real challenge. According to Dump and Run, Inc., the average college student can produce about 640 pounds of solid waste every year. This includes about 320 pounds of paper and 500 disposable cups. Much of this waste can be recycled instead of going into landfills. But how can you bolster your efforts to get students to recycle items instead of throwing them away? Let’s take a closer look.

Raise awareness through education

Spread the word about recycling by organizing workshops, guest lectures, or interactive sessions to educate students and staff about its importance. Discuss topics like the environmental impact of waste, the benefits of recycling, and how individuals can contribute.

Optimize recycling bin placement

Place recycling bins in high-traffic areas, such as cafeterias, libraries, and common spaces, making them easily accessible and visible. Ensure that bins are strategically positioned next to trash cans to encourage proper waste separation.

Use clear signage and labels

Ensure recycling bins are clearly labeled with visual cues and instructions, making it easy for everyone to identify and sort their waste correctly. Use color-coded signs and symbols that represent different recyclable materials to minimize confusion. Securr has partnered with Recycle Across America to offer society-wide standardized labels on all our recycle bins.

Simplify recycling processes

Make recycling a breeze by providing clear guidelines on what can and cannot be recycled, eliminating confusion and increasing participation. Create simple infographics or pamphlets that outline the specific items that can be recycled on campus.

Implement incentives and rewards

Who doesn't love rewards? Encourage recycling by organizing contests or offering incentives like discounts, gift cards, or even recognition certificates. For example, hold a competition to see which dorm or department can achieve the highest recycling rate, and reward the winners accordingly.

Collaborate with student organizations

Join forces with environmental clubs or sustainability organizations to plan joint initiatives and raise awareness about recycling efforts. Co-host events, workshops, or campus-wide campaigns to engage the entire student body and promote a sense of community.

Set up recycling stations

Create dedicated recycling stations that offer comprehensive waste management options, including bins for paper, plastic, glass, and electronics. Clearly label each bin and include separate containers for batteries, ink cartridges, and other hazardous materials.

Engage in outreach programs

Extend your efforts beyond campus boundaries by organizing recycling drives, partnering with local recycling centers, or participating in community clean-up events. Connect with local businesses or organizations to establish recycling initiatives that benefit both your campus and the surrounding community.

Support innovative initiatives

Stay updated on the latest recycling technologies and initiatives and collaborate with companies or organizations that promote sustainability. For example, explore opportunities for recycling electronic waste through specialized recycling programs or collection events.

Track and celebrate progress

Finally, keep tabs on your recycling efforts by monitoring the amount of waste recycled and share progress updates regularly to motivate and celebrate achievements. Display visible trackers or charts that showcase the collective impact of recycling on campus. This fosters a sense of pride and encourages continued participation.

Contact Securr today!

If you’d like more information about how Securr can help encourage more recycling on your campus, then contact us at 888-671-7066 or Our customer service representatives can answer all your questions so that you can choose a solution with confidence. Together, we can make a world of difference. Contact us today!

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